The EPA uses a range of
regulatory tools to drive positive changes to attitudes and behaviours.
The EPA promotes voluntary compliance through using
- engagement, awareness and education activities
- a proactive audit program
- investigations; and enforcement
Components of the EPA’s regulation framework
Informing, consulting and responding to our stakeholders is
a priority for the EPA. Stakeholder engagement with industry and the community is
vital for driving improved environmental performance and voluntary compliance.
The EPA works with industry to make sure that legislative
requirements are clearly understood and communicates the benefit of complying
with legislation as well as the potential consequences of failing to do so.
The EPA provides advice on the regulatory requirements, such
as on-ground advice in native forests. The EPA also runs awareness campaigns, focusing
on specific environment protection issues to increase compliance and improve
The EPA has developed education materials to improve stakeholder
knowledge of the compliance requirements of ecologically sustainable forest management
(ESFM), including videos, guidelines and procedures for forestry operators and
The EPA’s proactive audit program
uses a strategic, risk-based approach to measure industry trends and
performance. Audits aim to identify good and poor forestry practices through a
systematic, independent and documented procedure. The EPA conducts regular
proactive audits statewide to objectively assess logging operation compliance.
Trends from audit results are
analysed and help direct the EPA’s regulatory activities. Audit reports for
individual Crown forestry operations are available on the Audit
and the EPA's public register.
The EPA inspects logging
operations in native forests to assess compliance with regulatory requirements.
These inspections can be in response to an environmental incident or community
complaint, or to follow up on previous compliance monitoring or regulatory
An investigation is conducted when
non-compliances have been identified. An EPA investigation may be triggered as
a result of an audit or a compliance inspection, or in response to community
When compliance activities identify a non-compliance, any
regulatory action taken by the EPA will aim to make sure that the environmental
impacts detected are minimised, contained or repaired, and that the enforcement
action reflects the seriousness of the incident and is a deterrent to
The range of enforcement actions the EPA can take
in response to a non-compliance.
Further information on the EPA’s approach to enforcement
action can be found in the EPA Compliance Policy. For further information about when and how the EPA prosecutes
offences, refer to the EPA