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.

About the Marine and Coastal Policy

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

Once finalised, the Policy will guide decision makers, including local councils and land managers, in the planning, management and sustainable use of our coastal and marine environment.

The draft Policy builds on the legacy established through four iterations of the Victorian Coastal Strategy while addressing some significant gaps, including: a greater focus on the marine environment; recognising and respecting the aspirations of Traditional Owners; embedding climate change in all aspects of our planning; and providing clear guidance on roles and responsibilities.

We need input from the Victorian community to ensure that the final Marine and Coastal Policy, to be released in early 2020, reflects your views on how the marine and coastal environment should be planned for and managed.

DELWP will hold a series of public information sessions along the coast in July and August 2019 to engage with the community about the draft Policy. We invite feedback on the draft Policy using the links below.

This online public consultation closed on August 15 2019.

Submit your feedback

We need your input to ensure that the final Marine and Coastal Policy reflects community views about how marine and coastal environments should be planned for and managed.

You can provide feedback below by:

1. Responding to specific questions on the draft Policy

2. Providing general comments on the draft Policy

3. Uploading a written submission.

The Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP) is committed to protecting personal information provided by you, in accordance with the principles of the Victorian privacy laws. For more information read DELWP's Information Privacy Policy at www.delwp.vic.gov.au/privacy.

DELWP only uses the personal information in your submission to administer the public consultation process. DELWP or its contracted service providers may use your contact details under confidentiality agreements to survey you about your experience with DELWP.

Your submission has been collected by DELWP to inform and seek feedback from communities, practitioners, and other stakeholders about the draft Marine and Coastal Policy, to inform and influence the structure and content of the final Marine and Coastal Policy.

Responses received through the public consultation process will be assessed and analysed to improve and refine the Policy. The views and experiences of marine and coastal users and the community are critical to the success of the Policy. Stakeholder input received during the public consultation process will help ensure that the final Policy is comprehensive and able to deliver on the objectives of the Marine and Coastal Act 2018.

The Marine and Coastal Policy Team may do the following with your submission (not including your personal information):

  • Publish a copy of your submission on the Engage Victoria or DELWP website.
  • Make it available to other Victorian Government agencies.
  • Quote directly from your submission in the review documentation.

DELWP may publish the contents of your submission for transparency and accountability on a Victorian Government website, which is accessible worldwide and allows any person to view your submission. Your submission may remain on external servers, even once DELWP has removed it from the Victorian Government website.

All submissions are public documents and may be accessed by any member of the public, unless you request confidential status. Third party personally identifying information will not be published.

If you are making comment as an organisation your comments may be published, including the name of your organisation.

If you are making comments as an individual your comments may be published, but no other details.

If DELWP does not receive the requested information, your submission will not be published on the DELWP website.

You have the right to access and correct your personal information. Requests for access should be sent to the Manager Privacy, PO Box 500 East Melbourne 3002 or contact by phone on (03) 9637 8697.

The DELWP Privacy Policy can be accessed online here: http://www2.delwp.vic.gov.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0019/5464/DELWP-Privacy-Policy.pdf