Integrating Environment Protection Reform Into Land Use Planning

Integrating Environment Protection Reform Into Land Use Planning

  • Are you across the new environment protection legislations that have now come into effect in Victoria?
  • Do you understand how the land use planning system now integrates with the environment protection framework?
  • Are you aware of the extended considerations of land contamination, noise, water and air quality that planners are now expected to assess in the use and development of land?  

Join our webinar on August 5, 2021 and hear from our expert speakers on this important topic from the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP) and the Environment Protection Authority (EPA) Victoria.

This webinar will discuss the recently released VC203 amendment and how this amendment updates the Victorian Planning System to incorporate the EPA’s reformed environmental audit system (including the new Preliminary Risk Screen Assessment), as well as, how the amendment references relevant legislation, guidelines, and new types of EPA approvals, work approvals, licences and notices.

Do you have questions for DELWP and EPA?

The changes follow a public consultation process involving many ALGA members (submissions and responses are available at Engage Victoria.) The webinar provides an opportunity for those who submitted, and others who are interested, to understand the final policy provisions and to discuss any relevant questions with DELWP and EPA.

This presentation will be held as a live webinar. A unique access link will be sent to registrants on the morning of the event.

If you are unable to attend on the day, the session will be recorded and available to view later.

Want to learn more about the changes before you join us on the webinar?

A range of supporting policy, guidance, and resources relevant to land use planning and environment protection are available:

The updated (soon to be available) Ministerial Direction No 1 Potentially Contaminated Land

Read more: Contaminated land and planning.

The Planning Practice Note 30 Potentially Contaminated Land which provides guidance to planners and applicants on planning system requirements regarding potentially contaminated land. Read more: Planning practice notes.

The new Planning for environment protection website includes information on how planning supports environmental protection, with guidance on the updated provisions and links to relevant EPA information.


About the speakers:




Jeremy Aarons
Project Manager



Jeremy Aarons is a Project Manager in the Environment Protection branch at DELWP, part of the team implementing the Victorian government response to the 2016 Independent Inquiry into the EPA. Jeremy led the development of Victoria Unearthed, an interactive mapping system with information on potentially contaminated land and land use history, and has been leading reforms to Victoria’s land use planning framework for contaminated environments.



Julia Noel
Policy Officer



Julia Noel is a Policy Officer in the Environment Protection at DELWP, part of the team implementing the Victorian government’s response to the 2016 Independent Inquiry into the EPA.



Alison McRae
Subject Matter Expert
EPA Victoria



Alison McRae is a subject matter expert in the Transformation division at EPA Victoria, where for the past two years she has been part of the delivery program to implement the new Environment Protection Act 2017.  She has a background in contaminated land and experience in the environmental audit system, including as part of the team in the Environmental Audit Unit at EPA. Prior to joining EPA Alison worked for over 15 years in environmental consulting.

Markus Terjung
Senior Planner


Markus Terjung is a Senior Planner in Planning Systems Reform at the DELWP, part of aligning the Victoria planning system with the Environment Protection Act 2017.

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