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Environment Protection Authority

Functional responsibility

The Environment Protection Authority (EPA) is South Australia’s primary environmental regulator for the control and minimisation of pollution and waste. It is responsible for the protection and enhancement of air and water quality, and control of pollution, waste and environmental noise.

The EPA financial reporting entity, comprises the following:

  • a statutory authority with an appointed board established by the Environment Protection Act 1993 (the EP Act)
  • an administrative unit also named the EPA established under the Public Sector Act 2009
  • the Environment Protection Fund as established under the EP Act.

The EP Act permits the statutory authority to make use of the services of the administrative unit’s employees and its facilities. The administrative unit also has responsibility for radiation protection functions under the Radiation Protection and Control Act 1982.

Under the EP Act, the Chief Executive of the administrative unit is also taken to be the Chief Executive of the statutory authority. The Chief Executive is subject to the control and direction of the Minister in relation to the activities of the administrative unit, and is subject to the control and direction of the Board in giving effect to its policies and decisions under the EP Act.

Financial statistics and significant events and transactions
Net revenue from providing services: $6.1 million
Revenue from fees and charges: $57 million
Payment to Waste to Resources Fund: $20 million
Return of surplus cash to SA Government pursuant to cash alignment policy: $7.3 million
Number of FTEs: 214.1

Financial statement opinion

Financial controls opinion
Key risks:
  • Review of licence management plans
  • Monitoring of payroll bona fide reports