Public land in Victoria covers approximately eight million hectares in area, which is approximately one third of the State!  It is made up of over 110,000 parcels which form parks, reserves and areas of State forest.

Public land is provided for the community for a range of uses including; recreational, cultural, forestry, conservation and government services.

The eight million hectares include the following:

  • National parks and other conservation parks managed by Parks Victoria (4 million hectares)
  • State forests, managed by the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (3.2 million hectares);
  • Over 1,200 public land reserves with a broad range of purposes (550,000 hectares)

The Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning partners with Traditional Owner and a range of stakeholders to ensure that:

  • land is productive and used in a sustainable manner;
  • infrastructure on public land is suitable for its purpose and well managed;
  • marine and coastal environments are protected and improved; and
  • biodiversity is protected and healthy

Managers of Public land reserves include:

  • the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning;
  • State government departments;
  • statutory agencies;
  • local councils; and
  • volunteer Committees of Management.

Committees of Management

Small (category 3) committees manage reserves of local significance.  Resources include good practice guidelines, model policies, guidance note, newsletters, induction video, etc.

Large (category 1 and 2) committees manage reserves of regional or state-wide significance.  They usually have annual revenue and/or a cash balance above $250,000.  These committees have additional obligations and should use the guidance notes and model policies in the support modules for major DELWP agencies.

Category 4 committees, such as incorporated associations, may, depending on the committee, find the guidance for category 3 committees or the guidance for category 1 and 2 committees more applicable and useful to them.

Additional resources are available for specific types of committees, for example, best practice guidelines for Caravan and camping parks on Crown land.  It is important to note that these guidelines are in addition to the Committees of management responsibilities and good practice guidelines, which are relevant to all committees.

Page last updated: 02/09/19