The Environmental Protection Authority (EPA)

The Environmental Protection Authority's (EPA) role is to reduce harmful impacts on the environment and human health caused by pollution and waste. Currently, the EPA is undergoing the biggest transformation in its history to ensure it is equipped to meet the environmental challenges facing Victoria.

Central to the transformation has been a complete overhaul of Victoria’s environment protection legislation. The new Environment Protection Act 2017 establishes the EPA as an independent statutory authority and gives it enhanced powers and tools to prevent risks to the environment and human health as well as the ability to issue stronger sanctions and penalties which hold environmental polluters to account.

Most of the new legislation is proposed to commence operation on 1 July 2021. Implementation is now the EPA’s focus. Presently, the EPA is finalising legislative instruments and updating its services, systems and processes to ensure it is equipped to effectively implement the new legislation when it commences, and to assist businesses and the community to comply with it.

This project will involve three students working with the EPA’s Policy and Regulation Unit and new Internal Review Unit to assist them to review and analyse EPA’s existing legal and regulatory systems and processes to design and implement changes required by the EPA’s new legislative, policy and regulatory framework.

This project meets the objectives of the Clinical Placement unit - LAW4803. It is designed to provide students with a learning experience which is authentic, in that it creates experiences that replicate, or are informed by, professional work contexts. It aims to expand students’ employability and to formalise student skill development and industry experience.

The project will require students to produce specific ‘real world’ deliverables by applying their theoretical classroom knowledge and creative problem solving skills to current issues, and demonstrating the ability to link legal doctrine with ‘real world’ needs.

The EPA will provide guidance and mentorship. Students will work remotely (the EPA’s offices currently are closed because of COVID), but will be buddied with an EPA employee and will attend regular (virtual) briefing and debriefing sessions with the EPA, as well as be invited to Team and Unit meetings. The Law Faculty will provide broad academic supervision and an assessment regime.

Eligibility

In order to be eligible for enrolment, students must complete a number of prerequisites (see the
Unit Handbook for more information):

Administrative Law (LAW4331) also is a pre-requisite.

Also of interest are students who have studied:

  • Criminal Law (LAW1114 and LAW3301)
  • Environmental Law (LAW4115)
  • Public Policy, Regulation and the Law (LAW4537)

and are undertaking a combined Law/Science degree, especially with an environmental or earth
sciences focus.

If you have any queries, please contact Dr Eric Windholz at eric.windholz@monash.edu.