The Environment Protection Act 1997 is the Australian Capital Territory’s main legislation for managing pollution. It requires that certain activities be licensed and subject to environmental standards. In addition it places a general environmental duty on all individuals and businesses in the community to take steps to prevent or minimise pollution that their activities may cause. The Act and its regulations are enforced by the Environment Protection Authority. Pollution is also governed by the common law.
This factsheet was last updated in March 2010.