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.
Management of abandoned and legacy mines
Victoria has a long history of mining that has resulted in many thousands of former mine sites across the state. These sites, which include abandoned and legacy mines, present several management issues for the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP) and Parks Victoria as Crown land managers and the Department of Jobs, Precincts and Regions (DJPR) as the mining regulator. To improve clarity in relation to abandoned and legacy mine management responsibilities, a joint statement between DELWP, DJPR and Parks Victoria has been developed. This joint statement provides a clear definition of abandoned and legacy mines and outlines responsibilities regarding their management on Crown land. This will assist government in reducing significant liabilities and risks of community, cultural and environmental harm as a result of abandoned and legacy mines.
The joint statement can be found on the DJPR website here.
Page last updated: 29/12/20