The Victorian Government has set a Renewable Energy Target of 50 per cent by 2030. Achieving it will reduce carbon emissions, create jobs and provide affordable, sustainable energy for Victorians.

As the renewable energy sector grows and more wind farms are built, we need effective rules to protect native animals like birds and bats from any potential risk these facilities may pose. We are currently reviewing and improving these rules.

The Victorian Brolga (Antigone rubicunda) is the first species we are reviewing. We are using new information about wind farms’ impact on this bird to update the ‘Interim Guidelines for the Assessment, Avoidance, Mitigation and Offsetting of Potential Wind Farm Impacts on the Victorian Brolga Population 2011’.

We are now seeking your feedback on the draft ‘Brolga Assessment and Mitigation Standards for Wind Energy Facilities’ (Draft Standards) to protect Victoria's Brolga population and provide certainty to industry.

Provide your feedback

The Draft Standards are available in the document library below. We are now inviting your feedback by:

  • Completing the questionnaire below, including any supporting evidence. Supporting evidence may be photos or other documents which can be uploaded at the end of the questionnaire or links to other information and research.
  • If you responded to the 'no' to the Brolga area of interest map question or 'yes' to the flocking areas map questions - complete and submit the questionnaire prior to providing further information on the mapping tool. If you click to the mapping tool prior to submitting your responses to the questionnaire, you may lose your responses.
  • You can also upload your own written submission below.

Further information about the Draft Standards is available in the document library and Frequently Asked Questions.

Submissions close 18 December 2020

Have a question about the standards or need assistance to make your submission?

If your question is not answered by the supporting information, you can email us at brolgawind.standardsreview@delwp.vic.gov.au.

The final live question and answer session will be held here on Thursday 3 December – 5:30 to 6:30 pm.

You do not need to register, however your email address will be required when asking a question. If we cannot answer your question during the session, we will answer it post session and send you a response via email.


Mapping tool

This mapping tool assists your response the Brolga area of interest map and No-go flocking areas map questions in the questionnaire.

1. If you are aware of locations where the Victorian Brolga population occur outside the Brolga area of interest (shaded orange on the map) you can add location markers of Brolga locations outside the area shaded orange on the map below. View the instructions by clicking the '?' button top left on the map below.

2. If you are aware of Brolga flocking sites (shaded red on the map) not included on the map below, then you can add location markers for those sites on the map below. View the instructions by clicking the '?' button top left on the map below.

If you would like assistance please email brolgawind.standardsreview@delwp.vic.gov.au.

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The Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (the department) is committed to protecting personal information provided by you in accordance with the principles of the Victorian privacy laws.

The information you provide in the Q and A forums, map tool, questionnaire and other documents uploaded with your submission will be provided to the department and the supporting Project Team to inform the final Brolga assessment and mitigation standards for wind energy facilities.

Your responses will be used to inform a summary report of submissions received, information from submissions will be aggregated and de-identified in this report. De-identified free text responses may also be selected for inclusion. Submissions will be published with your name, unless you have informed the department to publish without your personal details (see options in the questionnaire). All personal contact details will be removed from published submissions. Third party information provided in submissions will be redacted for privacy.

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All questions are optional, and you may elect to leave any question unanswered. This gives you the option to make your submission anonymously (except when providing information on the mapping tool).

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