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.
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 the "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