About our organisation

Information about the EPA.

The EPA is an independent statutory authority that sits in the Energy and Environment Portfolio.

The NSW EPA comprises seven divisions.

Engagement, education and programs

The Engagement, Education and Programs Division works across government, industry, the community and First Nations to drive change through influencing, engaging, educating and enabling stakeholders in order to protect and enhance the environment for future generations.

Branches are

  • Engagement and public affairs
  • Education and programs
  • Container deposit scheme
  • Circular economy programs
  • Customer service

Governance, risk and planning

The Governance, Risk and Planning Division supports all divisions to operate in an efficient, effective and ethical manner and enables the EPA to meet our governance obligations, the expectations of the Minister, government and the community.

This division facilitates the sharing of knowledge and expertise across the organisation and coordinates the EPA strategy, governance and reporting on performance. The Governance, Risk and Planning Division produces our EPA Annual Report.

Legal and corporate

The Legal and Corporate Division provides specialised support and expertise in the areas of Legal, Finance, IT, People Culture and Capability, and Audit and Regulatory Assurance.

Branches are

  • Litigation
  • Legislation and Legal Advice
  • Finance, IT and Procurement
  • People, Talent and Capability
  • Audit and Assurance

Regulatory policy, initiatives and advice

The Regulatory Policy, Initiatives and Advice Division leads the EPA's strategic and regulatory policy functions for all issues that fall within the EPA's remit, including air, water, noise, forests, contaminated land, waste, chemicals, dangerous goods, gas, pesticides and radiation.

The Division has a critical role in collaborating across governments, communities and our First Nations People to identify emerging issues and to influence and deliver leading edge policy solutions to improve environmental and human health outcomes for the people of NSW.

Branches are

  • Regulatory Policy and Reform
  • Major Projects and Initiatives
  • Aboriginal Initiatives

Regulatory practice and environmental solutions

The Regulatory Practice and Environmental Solutions Division provides expert, evidence-based advice and technical expertise in areas including air, water, noise, chemicals, radiation, waste, and expertise in regulatory practice, including gas, forestry and contaminated land.

The Division’s systems, data and insights experts help us to anticipate future risk and lead interventions to deliver better environmental outcomes.

Branches are

  • Regulatory Practice
  • Environmental Solutions – Technical Assessments and Advice - Air, Water, Noise, Forestry and Gas, Strategic Planning
  • Environmental Solutions – Contaminated land, Hazardous Waste and Dangerous goods, Resource Recovery Innovation, Environmental Monitoring and Hazard Mapping, Radiation
  • Data, Intelligence and Insights

Regulatory operations - metro and regional divisions

The two Regulatory Operations Divisions oversee regulatory and compliance operations, including incident response and investigations, across contaminated land management, waste, hazardous chemicals, radiation, forestry, gas operations and licensed activities.

The Regulatory Operations Metro and Regional Divisions also manage key stakeholder interactions with regulated industry, other government departments, peak bodies, environmental and community groups and contribute to the development of regulatory practice policy, strategic initiatives and programs at state and local levels for all regulated communities and activities.

Metro branches are

  • Metro South Operations
  • Metro West Operations
  • Incident and Environmental Health

Regional branches are

  • Regional South Operations
  • Regional West Operations
  • Regional North Operations
  • Major Compliance and Investigations
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