Healthy Environment, Healthy Community, Healthy Business

Environment Protection Authority

About the NSW EPA

The NSW Environment Protection Authority (EPA) is the primary environmental regulator for New South Wales.

Our purpose is to improve environmental performance and waste management for NSW and we work hard to achieve this through a wide variety of programs and initiatives.

We work with the community, business, industry and government to maintain a balance between protecting the environment, managing competing demands on the environment and supporting sustainable growth.

We provide information and guidance about a broad range of environmental issues and activities. We engage with the community and use social research to inform our priorities, policies and programs. We publish scientific research and monitor trends in the state of the environment. We offer advice and incentives to help business and industry improve their environmental performance.

Our Board is a statutory body established under s.15 of the Protection of the Environment Administration Act 1991 (POEA Act) and reflects the Government's reform initiative to modernise the EPA as an independent, strengthened authority, headed by a statutory position of the EPA Chair and a reconstituted EPA Board.

The Minister responsible for the EPA is the Hon. Mark Speakman MP, Minister for the Environment, Minister for Heritage, and Assistant Minister for Planning .

Our vision

Healthy Environment, Healthy Community, Healthy Business

Recent reforms

The NSW Government re-established the EPA as an independent statutory authority in February 2012. Before this, the EPA was part of the Office of Environment and Heritage (OEH) within the Department of Premier and Cabinet.

Page last updated: 20 April 2015