During the Inquiry, the Ministerial Advisory Committee undertook an extensive public consultation program across the State to understand the changing requirements of the EPA, and explore matters relating to the Terms of Reference for the Inquiry.
As part of the public consultation program, the Inquiry released a Discussion Paper, hosted a series of public consultation meetings in 10 regional and seven metropolitan locations across Victoria, and met with over 250 representatives across industry, environment groups and local government in roundtable
discussions. The Inquiry sought written submissions from the public and more than 200 submissions were lodged.
Community and Industry Advisory Group
The Community and Industry Advisory Group (CIAG) was established by the Ministerial Advisory Committee to provide a forum for the exchange and testing of views and to build a shared understanding of key issues amongst member organisations.
The CIAG was chaired by Ms Penny Armytage, and consisted of 15 representatives of peak bodies from the environment, community, industry and business, professional and local government sectors.
The CIAG met twice during the Inquiry.
The following organisations were represented on CIAG:
- Australasian Land and Groundwater Association (Victoria)
- Australian Industry Group (Victoria)
- Cancer Council Victoria
- Environment Victoria
- Environmental Justice Australia (Victoria)
- Minerals Council of Australia, Victoria Division
- Municipal Association of Victoria
- Plastics and Chemicals Industries Association
- Property Council of Australia (Victoria)
- Victorian Employers' Chamber of Commerce and Industry
- Victorian Council of Social Services
- Victorian Farmers' Federation
- Victorian Trades Hall Council
- Victorian Waste Management Association
The Ministerial Advisory Committee prepared a Discussion Paper to prompt debate and provoke ideas about what the fundamental purpose and functions of the EPA should be.
Discussion Paper - Examining the future task [PDF File - 255.1 KB]
Written submissions were invited from the community during the Inquiry's consultation process and these submissions provided the MAC with valuable insights, views and perspectives on the issues relevant to the Terms of Reference for the Inquiry.
The closing date for written submissions was 31 October 2015.
Those making submissions had the choice of making them publicly available (in some cases, with anonymity for the author) or confidential. If a person requested anonymity, identifying details have been removed prior to publication. If confidentiality was requested, the submission (or the identified
confidential part of it) has not been published.
The Inquiry expressed no opinion as to the content or accuracy of any of the submissions published on this website, or other materials to which they may refer.
The Inquiry redacted (blacked out) parts of some submissions for legal or privacy reasons prior to publication, including if the submission identifies or contains information about individuals other than the person (or organisation) making the submission. In a small number of cases, the MAC published
a synopsis only of a submission because of these concerns.
The following submissions were received by the Inquiry: