Environment Protection Authority (SA)
Environment Protection Authority is South Australia`s primary environmental regulator, responsible for the protection of air and water quality, and the control of pollution, waste, noise and radiation. The EPA encourages environmental responsibility by working with the community, industry and governments to achieve a healthier and prosperous environment and a sustainable future.
A better environment – protected for all South Australians
Our environmental goals
Good quality land – protect land from the adverse impacts of pollution and waste by addressing historical site contamination, advising and regulating industry, and promoting sustainable waste management (through the waste hierarchy)
Good quality water – protect the quality of surface, ground, coastal and marine waters from pollution by monitoring water quality, advising and regulating industry, and supporting water quality improvement projects
Good quality air – protect air quality from atmospheric pollutants by monitoring air quality, including odour, advising and regulating industry, and supporting community based air quality improvement initiatives
Protection from radiation – protect the environment and community from health risks associated with ionising and non‑ionising radiation by advising and regulating sites, mines, equipment and users of radiation
Protection from noise – protect the community from exposure to unacceptable noise levels by advising and regulating industry, and supporting local government and police with community based noise management
Our strategic priorities
Robust regulation – as a respected and effective advisor and regulator the EPA will employ best practice regulatory principles and tools, and robust processes to:
- support and enable the willing
- tackle the important issues through taking a proportionate risk and evidence based approach
- withstand challenge
- be decisive and timely in taking strong enforcement action when needed.
To ensure the EPA’s actions and decisions are appropriate and scientifically based, sound science will be applied to:
- monitor and evaluate the condition of the environment
- assess potential environmental impacts to inform development assessment, licensing and compliance
- support legislation, policy, planning and management measures to mitigate environmental impacts.
Strategic influence and partnerships
The EPA will create effective partnerships and influence good environmental outcomes for all South Australians by:
- influencing planning and government strategy at an early stage
- strategically partnering with other organisations, industry and community
- promoting South Australia’s environment at local, state, national and international levels.
To be accessible, transparent and respectful the EPA will listen, acknowledge, consider and respond to the voices of those who have an interest in our actions by:
- expanding opportunities for engagement across industry, community and government
- making environmental information accessible and easier to understand
- demonstrating good processes and clear rationale for our decisions and policies
- delivering excellent service.
Being a well-run and high performing organisation is achieved through making the best use of available resources and by:
- recruiting, supporting and retaining focused, effective staff
- deploying strong leadership and building management capacity
- developing systems capability and maximising benefits from integrated functioning.