Victoria's ecosystems provide important habitat for
our unique native plants and animals. A healthy environment is fundamental to
the wellbeing of all Victorians.
The Victorian Government has
concluded its review of the native vegetation clearing regulations. The
outcomes are detailed in the Review of the native vegetation clearing
regulations – outcomes report.
Review of the native
vegetation clearing regulations - outcomes report [PDF File - 698.7 KB]
Review of the native
vegetation clearing regulations – consultation, submissions and response
information sheet [PDF File - 698.9 KB]
The Department of
Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP) has comprehensively engaged with
the Victorian community to gather views and ideas that helped inform the
proposed changes to the regulations. These changes have also been informed by a
specialist stakeholder reference group.
The regulations have been
designed to provide for better consideration of important biodiversity values
in decision making. This includes key habitats for dispersed rare or threatened
species, large trees, endangered Ecological Vegetation Classes, and sensitive
wetlands and coastal areas.
Changes will also result in
fairer offset obligations for removal of scattered trees, by acknowledging the
greater habitat values of large trees, and reducing the offset requirements for
The function of the
regulatory system will be improved to provide greater transparency. This
includes improved monitoring and reporting on the implementation of the
regulations, and the formation of a native vegetation regulations advisory
group to support DELWP in the development and implementation of a program of
The review outcomes will be
- amendments to the relevant clauses of the Victoria Planning Provisions (VPP) and all Victorian planning schemes, and
- a program of ongoing improvements as described in Review of the native vegetation clearing regulations - outcomes report.
The government has released
the proposed amendments to the VPP for public consideration and comment. The
provisions that include changes are Clause 12.01, Clause 52.16, Clause 52.17(including the schedule to Clause
52.17), and Clause 66.02-2. The changes include a new incorporated document the
draft Native Vegetation Clearing -
DELWP will consider any
comments received during the submission period in preparing the final changes
to the VPP, which will be introduced in 2017.
would like to consider and comment on the proposed regulatory system changes,
please go to the engage Victoria website at https://engage.vic.gov.au/native-vegetation-review