The Victorian Alpine Resorts are Crown land reserves. The sector is managed by the following entities:

  • Mount Hotham Alpine Resort Management Board
  • Mount Buller and Mount Stirling Alpine Resort Management Board
  • Falls Creek Alpine Resort Management Board
  • Southern Alpine Resort Management Board (responsible for Lake Mountain and Mount Baw Baw alpine resorts).

The Department of Environment, Land, Water & Planning is responsible for providing alpine policy advice to the Minister and providing policy and a strategic framework for the operation of the Alpine Resort Management Boards.

A COVIDSafe 2021 Snow Season

The Department of Environment, land, water and Planning released the Advice for COVIDSafe Management of 2021 Alpine Activities (PDF, 348.9 KB) in Victoria on 7 June 2021. This is the framework for a consistent and coordinated approach by alpine public land managers and state government agencies to manage COVIDSafe operations for a successful 2021 snow season.

These alpine public land managers are:

  • the 4 alpine resort management boards (Falls Creek, Mt Buller and Mt Stirling, Mt Hotham and Southern – Mt Baw Baw and Lake Mountain)
  • Alpine Shire Council (Dinner Plain) and
  • Parks Victoria (Mt Buffalo, Mt Donna Buang and Mt St Gwinear).

Alpine Resorts Victoria: a new era

By July 2022, the Victorian Government will complete major reforms to secure the future of our state’s alpine resorts through the creation of Alpine Resorts Victoria. Alpine Resorts Victoria will govern the Falls Creek, Mt Hotham, Mt Buller, Mt Stirling, Lake Mountain and Mt Baw Baw alpine resorts.

The new body will merge Victoria’s 4 existing Alpine Resort Management Boards (ARMBs), and replace the Alpine Resorts Coordinating Council (ARCC). Traditional Owners will have a voice on the board of Alpine Resorts Victoria.

This decision follows consultation with representatives of the ARMBs and the ARCC, local government, traditional owners and key industry stakeholders, which demonstrated broad support for reforms to ensure future sustainability for the sector.

Alpine Resorts Victoria will support alpine resorts and associated communities as they recover from the effects of the 2019-20 bushfires and the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

Alpine resorts are a vital part of regional Victoria’s economy. In winter alone, these resorts collectively contribute nearly $1.1 billion in GSP, attract one million visitors per year and support almost 10,000 regional jobs.

Further consultation will take place with industry, partners and key stakeholders to ensure a smooth transition.

The Victorian alpine sector is a significant contributor to regional economies. In winter, these resorts collectively contribute nearly $1.1 billion to the Victorian economy, attracting one million visitors and sustaining nearly ten thousand jobs.

Victoria's alpine resorts are unique places visitors come to relax and enjoy - experiencing a full range of snow activities in winter and bushwalking, mountain biking, cycling from spring through to autumn.

Victoria's alpine areas, including their regional communities, were severely impacted by the devastating bushfires in 2019/20 and the coronavirus's ongoing impacts (COVID-19) pandemic. The challenge of adapting to climate change will also face the alpine resorts in future years.

The Victorian Government is focused on supporting the alpine sector's economic resilience, enabling regional local communities to flourish and develop unique opportunities.

Following consultation with Resort Management Boards, Local Government, and industry stakeholders, there is overwhelming support for creating a single entity to support the long-term sustainability of the alpine industry and tourism in Victoria.

Victoria's alpine industry will have a new champion, Alpine Resorts Victoria – to ensure a sustainable future for all alpine resorts. The legislation will be introduced into the Victorian Parliament in 2021 to create a new entity.

Set to commence in July 2022, Alpine Resorts Victoria will encompass management of Falls Creek, Mt Hotham, Mt Buller, Mt Stirling, Lake Mountain and Mt Baw Baw alpine resorts and support the $1.1 billion alpine economy.

Key commitments

  • The government's objective is to create economic resilience and ensure the long-term sustainable future of Victoria's alpine resorts sector, recognising its importance to the state's visitor economy.
  • A key principle will be ensuring the industry has a platform to directly communicate Alpine Resorts Victoria needs on strategic and operational directions for each resort.
  • The government recognises the uniqueness of each of Victoria's alpine resorts and the relationships with visitors, local businesses, operators and traditional owners. The government is working hard to ensure a close connection remains between the governance of the resorts and businesses and operators at each location.
  • A key principle will be ensuring local government and Alpine Resorts Victoria work together to enable regional local communities to flourish and enable unique opportunities to be developed.
  • The composition of the Alpine Resorts Victoria board will ensure that traditional owner voices are heard at the board table.
  • The government will maintain the number of frontline operational roles across the resorts and support staff to transition to the new entity. Where possible, leadership continuity will be maintained at the resorts during the transition.
  • The next steps will be Local government, Traditional Owners, industry and other key stakeholders invited to participate in a stakeholder reference group that will meet to help shape the new entity and identify issues and solutions during the transition phase.

During transition planning, a Stakeholder Reference Group (SRG) will be established that will include representatives from industry, Traditional Owners, Local Government, ARMBs and the ARCC.

All lease agreements with existing ARMBs will transfer unchanged to Alpine Resorts Victoria.

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Alpine Resorts (Management) Regulatory Impact Statement

The Alpine Resorts (Management) Regulations 2020 will replace the Alpine Resorts (Management) Regulations 2009, which expired on 3 November 2020.

The objectives of the proposed Regulations are to ensure Alpine Resorts are managed safely and efficiently by:

(a) prohibiting access to areas of alpine resorts or parts of alpine resorts by persons and vehicles
(b) setting aside areas in alpine resorts for public use
(c) regulating the use, driving and parking of vehicles in alpine resorts
(d) prescribing offences
(e) prescribing fees for entry into alpine resorts and access and use of areas set aside for public use and
(f) prescribing other matters to give effect to the Alpine Resorts (Management) Act 1997.

The Regulatory Impact Statement (RIS) (DOCX, 3.7 MB) looks at the impacts of the proposed Regulations (PDF, 376.7 KB).

Following a review of the feedback provided on the Alpine Resorts (Management) Regulations 2020 regulatory impact statement, a Notice of Decision has been published and is available below along with a Statement of Reasons, which responds to the issues raised in submissions.

Notice of decision (PDF, 104.5 KB)

Statement of Reasons (PDF, 432.4 KB)

We would like to acknowledge and thank the stakeholders who have taken the time to provide feedback.

Governance reform and appointments to the northern 3 alpine resort management boards

In November 2017, the Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change announced changes to the governance structure of the 3 northern alpine resort management boards. Each board would share 4 members in common, in addition to 3 members unique to each board. This will improve coordination and provide better strategic planning and oversight between the three boards.

Following an expression of interest process in December 2017, the Minister announced new appointments to 3 northern resort management boards in late March 2018. The terms of all appointees are from 30 March 2018 to 29 March 2021.

Management board members

  • Maxine Morand (Chairperson)
  • Andrew Skewes (Deputy Chairperson)
  • Anthea Packer (Member)
  • Michelle Croughan (Member)
  • Susan Lebish (Member)
  • Helen Moran (Member)
  • Peter Valerio (Member)
  • Jacqueline Jennings (Chairperson)
  • Richard Leder (Deputy Chairperson)
  • Michael Monester (Member)
  • Michelle Croughan (Member)
  • Susan Lebish (Member)
  • Helen Moran (Member)
  • Peter Valerio (Member)
  • Joanne Shannon (Chairperson)
  • Lindy Allen (Deputy Chairperson)
  • Jason Alexandra (Member)
  • Michelle Croughan (Member)
  • Susan Lebish (Member)
  • Helen Moran (Member)
  • Peter Valerio (Member)

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For background information relating to governance reform refer to the Alpine Resorts Governance Reform Discussion Paper 2017  (PDF, 2.2 MB).

Alpine Resorts Climate Adaptation Project

The Alpine Resorts (Management) Regulations 2020 will replace the Alpine Resorts (Management) Regulations 2009 (PDF, 376.7 KB), which expired on 3 November 2020.

The objectives of the Alpine Resorts Climate Adaptation Project were to:

  • Inform, consult and involve stakeholders in identifying and understanding the current scientific research on the anticipated impacts of climate change for the Victorian alpine environments, including Victorian alpine resorts.
  • Inform, consult and involve stakeholders in identifying and understanding the risks, vulnerabilities and capacities of the alpine resorts sector within the context of a changing climate.
  • Provide stakeholders with opportunities to share their views, expertise and vision on Alpine Resorts Climate Adaptation.
  • Engage and collaborate with alpine resorts sector partners and key stakeholders to build resilience to the impacts of climate change.
  • Engage and collaborate with partners and key stakeholders to manage the transition and transformation required to maintain sector sustainability in a changing climate.

The social and economic vulnerability assessment is the first stage of the climate adaptation planning for the alpine sector. The vulnerability assessment explores the:

  • social, economic, institutional and technical vulnerabilities for the alpine resorts sector; and
  • skills and capacity available within the alpine resorts sector, including its local industries and communities, to respond to climate change impacts.

The Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP) appointed SGS Economics and Planning to undertake a vulnerability assessment (social and economic) for the Victorian alpine resorts sector.

Alpine Resorts Sector Systems map

One of the outputs from the Vulnerability Assessment project is a map of the Alpine Resorts Sector system.

This map illustrates the forces that contribute to the Victorian alpine resorts sector. The information gathered during twelve workshops held across the alpine region and in Melbourne, has been used to create the map, which can be used by stakeholders to understand relationships and appreciate different perspectives. Understanding the links between parts of the system will aid stakeholders when adaptation planning is undertaken in the next stage of the climate adaptation project.

Vulnerability Assessment Report

The Climate Change Vulnerability Assessment Report has been completed. The Vulnerability Assessment Report is an important demonstration of government’s commitment to increasing the capacity of the alpine sector to adapt as the climate is changing.

The vulnerability assessment comprises five documents.

  1. Alpine Resort Futures Vulnerability Assessment - Final Report
  2. Alpine Resort Futures Vulnerability Assessment - Conceptual Model
  3. Alpine Resort Futures Vulnerability Assessment - Consultation Report
  4. Alpine Resort Futures Literature Review
  5. Alpine Resorts System Analysis

The Vulnerability Assessment Report was developed over 2017 with a comprehensive program of stakeholder engagement. The vulnerability assessment was informed by The Potential Impacts of Climate Change on Victorian Alpine Resorts report prepared for the Alpine Resorts Co-ordinating Council (ARCC) in 2016. The Antarctic Climate and Ecosystems Cooperative Research Council, who prepared the 2016 report, were partners in the delivery of the vulnerability assessment.

The project assessed the climate change vulnerability of Victoria’s alpine resorts and how this could affect the economic, social and cultural value of the resorts as climate change occurs. The project identified and recognised the substantial economic, social and cultural value the alpine resorts currently contribute to Victoria.

The vulnerability assessment confirms that the winter season in the alpine resorts will be impacted by climate change through significant changes to natural snow fall conditions and patterns, including reductions in natural snow fall over time. The project also found that the summer season will be impacted by climate change through increased bushfire risk.

The rate and severity of the loss of snow at the resorts is influenced by both the severity of global warming (dependent on the rate of global decarbonisation) and the extent to which the resorts can effectively implement adaptive responses to climate change.

The southern resorts (Lake Mountain and Mount Baw Baw) will be impacted sooner than the northern resorts. The impact across the northern resorts (Mount Hotham, Falls Creek and Mount Buller) is largely consistent, though Falls Creek currently has a slightly better medium-term adaptive capacity due to its southerly aspect, high elevation and access to abundant water for snow making.

The vulnerability assessment states that if sufficient adaptive responses are deployed, the northern resorts should be able to offer adequate snow to support winter snow activities in the short to medium term (approximately more than 20 years).

Without adaptation, these climate change impacts will threaten the economic, social and cultural value of the alpine resorts. The project found that the alpine resort community has a history of adaptation and resilience in the face of changing and challenging conditions, and this gives the alpine resorts a solid foundation for climate change adaptation planning. Long term adaptation planning led by the alpine resorts sector is the next step in successful sector adaptation.

The ARCC is responsible for leading climate change adaptation planning for the alpine resorts sector, informed by the Vulnerability Assessment Report. The ARCC will lead the development of an updated Alpine Resorts Strategic Plan, consistent with the requirements of the Alpine Resorts Management Act 1997. The Vulnerability Assessment Report will form a key component of the package of information for industry stakeholders during the development of the new Alpine Resorts Strategic Plan. Those involved in the development of the Vulnerability Assessment Report will be re-engaged in the review and development of the Alpine Resorts Strategic Plan.

Page last updated: 19/07/21