NSW Environment Protection Authority (EPA)

Environment Protection Authority overview


The NSW Environment Protection Authority (EPA) is the State’s primary environmental regulator. We work to protect our community and the environment as a leader, partner, and protector. Our vision is for New South Wales to have a healthy environment, healthy community, and healthy business. We believe healthy ecosystems are the foundation for healthy communities, a healthy economy and for enhancing Iiveability.

We lead in protecting our air, waterways, land, and the health of the community for the future.


We work with communities, government, and business to reduce our impact on the environment. We hold people and organisations to account through licensing, monitoring, regulation, and enforcement.


The EPA is an independent statutory authority which sits within the Department of Planning and Environment.


For more information on the work we do at NSW EPA, go to www.epa.nsw.gov.au/your-environment