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

See the Committees of Management page for managing public land reserves in Victoria

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: 16/04/21