We have responsibility for administering the legislation that establishes a range of entities that either manage Crown land, or provide advice about Crown land management. The Minister for Environment and Climate Change is accountable to Parliament for the performance of these entities, which include the following:

Advisory councils and committees

The Alpine Advisory Committee is established under section 32AF of the National Parks Act 1975 and is appointed by the Minister for Environment and Climate Change to assist with the development of a management plan for the Alpine National Park.

Visit the Parks Victoria website

The Alpine Resorts Co-ordinating Council (ARCC) is established under the Alpine Resorts (Management) Act 1997 and is appointed by the Minister for Environment and Climate Change to plan and facilitate the establishment, development, promotion, management and use of the six Victorian Alpine Resorts.

Visit the ARCC website

The National Parks Advisory Council (NPAC) is established under the National Parks Act 1975 to advise the Minister for Environment and Climate Change on the administration of the Act and any related matters.

National Parks Advisory Council Annual report (PDF, 448.4 KB)

The Reference Areas Advisory Committee (RAAC) is established under the Reference Areas Act 1978.

The RAAC advises the Minister for Environment and Climate Change on how reference areas (areas of public land of ecological interest and significance) should be protected, controlled and managed so as to preserve the areas as a reference for the purpose of comparative studies.

In accordance with sections 5(2)(a), (d) and 5(3) of the Reference Areas Act 1978 (The Act), the following members and chairperson were appointed to the Reference Areas Advisory Committee on 17 December 2013 until 16 December 2016 :

  • Professor Tim Entwisle (Chair)
  • Mr Christopher Collins (Member)
  • Mr Jim Child (Member)
  • Ms Judith Dixon (Member)
  • Dr Sue Beeton (Member)

Victoria's three regional coastal boards are established under the provisions of the Coastal Management Act 1995, and are appointed by the Minister for Environment and Climate Change  to advocate coastal issues, facilitate the application of the Victorian Coastal Strategy at a regional level, and to provide advice on coastal planning and management issues.

Visit the boards websites: 

Central Coastal Board

Gippsland Coastal Board

Western Coastal Board

The Victorian Environmental Assessment Council (VEAC) was established under the Victorian Environmental Assessment Council Act 2001. VEAC conduct investigations as requested by the Minister for Environment and Climate Change, relating to the protection and ecologically sustainable management of the environment and natural resources of public land.

Read about the VEAC

Visit the VEAC website

The Victorian Mineral Water Committee (VMWC) was established under the Conservation, Forests and Lands Act 1987 to prepare the Victorian Mineral Springs Master Plan. The committee assess grant applications from mineral springs reserve managers against the Plan and provides advice to DELWP on the disbursement of grants made under the Victorian Mineral Springs Reserves grants program. At the Minister's request, it also provides advice on the management and development of mineral springs reserves.

Land Managers

Victoria's five alpine resort management boards are established under the provisions of the Alpine Resorts (Management) Act 1997, and are appointed by the Minister for Environment and Climate Change.

Read about our Alpine resorts.

Parks Victoria is a statutory authority, created by the Parks Victoria Act 1998 and has a board that is appointed by the Minister for Environment and Climate Change. In addition the Secretary, DELWP, has an agreement with Parks Victoria to manage land on its behalf.

Visit the Parks Victoria website

The Phillip Island Nature Park Board of Management Inc was created by the State Government of Victoria in 1996 under the Crown Land (Reserves) Act 1978 "for the conservation of areas of natural interest or beauty or of scientific, historic or archaeological interest."

Visit the Phillip Island Nature Park website

The Royal Botanic Gardens Board was established under the Royal Botanic Gardens Act 1991 and is appointed by the Minister for Environment and Climate Change to manage the Royal Botanic Gardens, Melbourne and National Herbarium of Victoria.

Visit the Royal Botanic Gardens website

Traditional Owner Land Management Boards (TOLMBs) are established under the Conservation, Forests and Lands Act 1987 and are appointed by the Minister for Environment and Climate Change to manage land in accordance with agreements reached with Traditional Owner groups.

Read about Agreements with Traditional Owners.

The Zoological Parks and Gardens Board (Zoos Victoria Board) was established under the Zoological Parks and Gardens Act 1995 and is appointed by the Minister for Environment and Climate Change to manage and administer Victoria's three zoos.

Visit the Zoos Victoria website

Public Safety on Public Land

Every year the Victorian Government, via the Public Safety on Public Land initiative (PSoPL), provides support to DELWP’s public land managers responsible for identifying, assessing, controlling and monitoring risks associated with the use of public land.

PSoPL Objectives

  1. To minimise the likelihood of the public being injured or killed on public land managed by DELWP, Committees of Management and lessees
  2. To encourage appropriate visitor behaviour with respect to hazards posed by recreational activities, natural causes and land management practices on public land
  3. Develop and apply efficient procedures for visitor risk management