In May 2015, the Minister for Environment, Climate Change and Water appointed a Ministerial Advisory Committee to undertake an independent Inquiry into the Environment Protection Authority (EPA).
In accordance with the Terms of Reference, the Inquiry was tasked with considering how best to protect public health and the environment for future generations and combine this environmental protection role with economic sustainability and jobs growth. The Inquiry examined the EPA's role, powers, governance and funding, and tools.
The Inquiry commenced on 1 June 2015. The Ministerial Advisory Committee released a Discussion Paper and undertook extensive consultation with stakeholders and the community to inform the development of their final report and recommendations.
The Inquiry concluded on 31 March 2016 when the Ministerial Advisory Committee delivered their report to the Minister for Environment, Climate Change and Water.
The government released its response to the inquiry on 17 January 2017. To view the response and to find out more, go to: www.delwp.vic.gov.au/environment-and-wildlife/epa-inquiry