The Victorian Government is delivering greater protection for our marine and coastal environment now and into the future. Victoria has more than 2,500 kilometres of coastline and about 10,000 square kilometres of marine waters, and the Victorian community is best placed to inform how we can protect these vital environments.

This online public consultation closed on August 15 2019.

The Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP) has worked closely with the Victorian Marine and Coastal Council, as well as Traditional Owners, government and non-government groups, to prepare the Marine and Coastal Policy.

The Policy draws and builds on the merits of the Victorian Coastal Strategy 2014 and fills identified gaps.

A draft policy was released in July 2019 and was available for public comment for two months. More than 200 submissions were received. The final policy was informed by all the contributions made by the Victorian community.

The Marine Spatial Planning Framework component of the Policy was developed through an inclusive and participatory engagement approach that reflected how marine spatial planning should take place in the future.

A summary of consultation activities has been prepared that includes an overview of how feedback received through submissions has influenced the final Policy.