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Auty picks up baton to lead Vic EPA through major reform

Professor Kate Auty will assume the role of chair of the Victorian Environment Protection Authority (EPA) from July 1 for a five-year period, following an announcement yesterday by Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change Lily D’Ambrosio.

Auty has considerable experience in the fields of public sector governance and administration, law, regulation and the environment. She replaces Cheryl Batagol who had held the position since 2009.

As former Victorian Commissioner for Environmental Sustainability and ACT Commissioner for Sustainability and the Environment, D’Ambrosio said that Auty’s expertise, leadership, insights and skills would ensure strong leadership and governance of the EPA during a period of transition and major reform.

During her tenure, Auty’s mission will be to support the Government’s commitment to build a stronger, modern EPA to better protect Victoria’s environment and community from the harmful effects of pollution and waste.

“The EPA is working hard on the implementation of the Environment Protection Amendment Act 2018, which will come into effect in 2021 and the authority also has a major role to play in the delivery of the Government’s overhaul of waste and recycling,” D’Ambrosio said, adding that “the EPA will also work closely with industry and businesses so they can operate in a way that’s safe for the community and environment.”