The National Recovery Plan for the Koala identifies national-level strategic actions to save the nationally threatened Koala. It aligns with state and territory planning, programs and strategies to ensure we are all working together to save the Koala.
The combined populations of Koalas in QLD, NSW & ACT are listed as threatened under national environment law––the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Act 1999 (EPBC Act). The Koala populations of Victoria and South Australia are not listed as threatened under the EPBC Act and therefore are not covered by this recovery plan.
Read our submission to all councils on "Draft National Recovery Plan for the Koala (combined populations of QLD, NSW & ACT)"
October 2021 - Domestic Animal Management Plans
The DAMP is a critical strategy to manage domestic animals within local government areas. The AJP wants to see the DAMP be a more proactive and positive plan, rather than a negative document that deals with “nuisance” animals.
September 2021 - Avalon Corridor Strategy
The Avalon Corridor Strategy provides strategic guidance for land use and development within the region between Greater Geelong and Metropolitan Melbourne.
September 2021 - Control of Weapons Regulations 2021
The Control of Weapons Regulations 2011 (current regulations) will end on 29 November 2021 and the Department of Justice and Community Safety is proposing that new regulations - Control of Weapons Regulations 2021 (proposed Regulations) - will replace them.
September 2021 - Southeast Bellarine Coastal Strategy
The Southeast Bellarine Coastal Strategy relates to the coastal dune system, woodlands and wetlands along the southern coast of the Bellarine which retains some of the last remaining areas for nature in the region. This area, in Wadawurrung country, covers the ‘green wedge’ between the Ocean Grove and Point Lonsdale urban fringe.
The Southeast Bellarine Coastal Strategy focuses on protecting and enhancing one of the last remote areas for nature on the Bellarine Peninsula.
September 2021 - Draft Marine and Coastal Strategy
The draft Marine and Coastal Strategy is the first to be made under the Marine and Coastal Act 2018, and will:
- Set the direction for achieving the long-term outcomes of the Marine and Coastal Policy 2020.
- Identify priority actions to be completed over the next five years, and outline time frames and responsibility for delivery.
September 2021 - Bellarine Basin rehabilitation
The Bellarine Basin, located on the corner of Grubb and Swan Bay Roads, Wallington, is no longer being used for operational purposes. This presents an exciting opportunity to work with Wadawurrung Traditional Owners, the local community and key stakeholders to reimagine this space. Barwon Water wants to transform the disused basin site into an area that enhances the unique and natural features of the Bellarine Peninsula so that it becomes a place people, birds and native animals can enjoy for generations to come.
September 2021 - Proposal - Licenced Wild Game Pet Meat Processing Facility
Campaspe Meat Company Pty Ltd hopes to repurpose the Loddon Valley Abattoir in Inglewood as a “wild game” meat processing facility, with a focus on kangaroos, but with the potential to process the bodies of other animals. Loddon Shire Council is currently reviewing a proposal from the company to repurpose the property at Crown Allotments 28A and 28D Tarnagulla Road Inglewood to support this activity.
September 2021 - Victorian Antimicrobial Resistance Strategy
The emergence of antimicrobial resistance (AMR) represents a real and growing threat in Victoria and across the world. A comprehensive consultation process was launched by the Victorian Govt and provided an opportunity for key stakeholders and the public to provide input into the objectives and priority actions of the strategy.
September 2021 - Mandatory reporting of animal fate data by shelters and pounds
Record keeping on dogs and cats cared for in a pound or shelter is already a strict Code requirement. In preparing to amend the Code, the Victorian Government is seeking feedback from stakeholders interested, involved or experienced in dog and cat rescue, rehabilitation and rehoming.
September 2021 - Regulatory Impact Statement for draft Petroleum Regulations
The proposed Petroleum Regulations 2021 (proposed regulations) aim to ensure greater transparency and community engagement requirements for onshore conventional gas development than was previously required. Public and industry input is an important part of the process and will lead to a more robust and high-quality regulatory framework.
This consultation draft Statement of Regulatory Intent (SRI) sets out proposed public commitments for how the Conservation Regulator will acquit its responsibilities for wildlife regulation under current law and measure its performance as a regulator.
The 2019-20 bushfires had significant impacts on the Victorian community and natural environment. The Australian and Victorian Governments have agreed to undertake a Major Event Review of Victoria’s Regional Forest Agreements (RFAs) to assess the impacts of the 2019-20 bushfires and identify if future remedial actions need to be taken.
Read our submission to the "Victorian Regional Forest Agreements: Major Event Review of the 2019-20 bushfires"
The North East Regional Catchment Strategy provides a long-term vision and blueprint for natural resource management and investment for North East Victoria.
The Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP) prepared the draft SPP in collaboration with the Traditional Owners, the Wadawurrung, the Borough of Queenscliffe, the City of Greater Geelong, relevant government agencies and authorities, with significant community input. The results of this phase of public engagement will inform the preparation of a final draft Bellarine Peninsula SPP.
Read our submission to the "Bellarine Peninsula - Help us protect the future of the Bellarine Peninsula"
August 2021 - City of Greater Geelong - Climate Change Response Plan
The City of Greater Geelong recognises the urgent need to take appropriate action on climate change. In response to this, the City has developed a Draft Climate Change Response Plan, identified as a priority action in the Sustainability Framework and Environment Strategy 2020-2030.
August 2021 - Western Outer Ring Main Gas Pipeline Project Inquiry
APA VTS Australia (Operations) Pty Limited (APA) is proposing to construct and operate a buried, 600 millimetre nominal diameter high pressure gas transmission pipeline between APA’s existing Plumpton Regulating Station and Wollert Compressor Station.
Infrastructure Victoria has been asked to provide the Victorian Government with advice relating to Victoria’s gas transmission and distribution networks under a range of 2050 energy sector scenarios. Victorians were invited to have their say about the future of gas infrastructure as we transform to a zero emissions economy by 2050.
August 2021 - Building a climate-resilient Victoria
The Victorian Government is preparing Adaptation Action Plans to build our climate resilience in areas either vulnerable to climate change impacts or essential to ensure Victoria is prepared. These areas or ‘systems’ are Primary Production, Built Environment, Education and Training, Health and Human Services, Transport, Natural Environment, and the Water Cycle.
August 2021 - Mental Health and Wellbeing Act: Update and Engagement
The Department of Health is developing the new Act as the lead agency responsible for mental health legislation in Victoria. As described by the Royal Commission, the new Act will establish critical foundations for a redesigned mental health and wellbeing system. This includes people with lived experience in system leadership, as well as the entities needed to enable strong system accountability and transparency.
The Victorian Government is exploring sustainable alternatives and pathways for the gas sector to transition to net zero emissions and is developing a Gas Substitution Roadmap throughout 2021 to provide a strategic framework for decarbonising natural gas in Victoria. The Gas Substitution Roadmap will detail the transition pathways and identify policy mechanisms to achieve Victoria’s emissions reduction targets through reduced fugitive emissions, more efficient use of gas, electrification and increased use of alternative gases such as hydrogen and biogas.
Victoria’s native forests are an important part of our identity. They are the home to native plants and animals, provide a place for Victorians to connect with our natural environment. They also deliver important ecosystem services, such as clean air and water. The primary regulatory document for timber harvesting in Victorian forests is the Code of Practice for Timber Production 2014 (the Code).
The Code is being updated, along with its incorporated document, the Management Standards and Procedures for timber harvesting operations in Victoria’s State forests (MSPs), to ensure they are clear, accurate and enforceable. These 2021 Code amendments will focus on clarifying roles and responsibilities, clarifying obligations, and correcting administrative errors.
The Star of the South Offshore Wind Farm project comprises an offshore wind farm, supporting electricity transmission assets required to transfer energy generated by the wind farm to the existing electricity transmission network, and modifications to ports and harbours required to support the construction and operation of the wind farm.
Read our submission to "Draft EES scoping requirements for the Star of the South Offshore Wind Farm"
July 2021 - Building a better understanding of bushfire risk
DEWLP requested input via a submission to help them to better understand:
- How they can improve community understanding around bushfire risk and fuel management?
- In developing a whole of sector bushfire strategy, what are the areas of bushfire management that should be considered and prioritised?
- How should fire agencies be responding to, mitigating and adapting to climate change?
- What you consider to be a realistically achievable percentage for bushfire risk reduction through fuel management and your reasoning for it?
The Wildlife Act 1975 sets the rules around how people interact with wildlife in Victoria. It hasn’t been reviewed since it became law more than 45 years ago. Since then, community values and expectations around wildlife have changed significantly.
In May 2020, the Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change announced a comprehensive review of the Wildlife Act. To inform the review, an independent expert advisory panel (the Panel), was appointed by the Minister. The Panel will prepare a report for the Minister with their recommendations by late 2021.
December 2020 - A new animal welfare Act for Victoria
On 20 October 2020, the Victorian Government released a Directions Paper setting out 12 high-level proposals for a new animal welfare Act for public feedback. The new Act will replace the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act 1986 (POCTA Act) which over 30 years had become outdated and complex.
Many of the proposals set out in the Directions Paper aim to improve existing provisions under the POCTA Act. Some would introduce new features into Victoria’s main animal welfare legislation.
September 2020 - Inquiry into Ecosystem Decline in Victoria
On 30 October 2019 the Legislative Council agreed to the following motion: That this House requires the Environment and Planning Committee to inquire into, consider and report, within 12 months, on the decline of Victoria’s ecosystems and measures to restore habitats and populations of threatened and endangered species.
March 2017 - Parliamentary inquiry into the RSPCA Victoria
The Economy and Infrastructure Committee of the Victorian Parliament led a Parliamentary inquiry into the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RSPCA) (Victoria) in 2017 in relation to
- The appropriateness and use of its powers pursuant to the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act 1986, including in the context of its other objectives and activities.
- The appropriateness and use of funding provided by the Victorian Government, including in the context of its other objectives and activities.
- Any other consequential matters the Committee may deem appropriate.
November 2016 - Senate inquiry into the Dairy Industry