Review of the native vegetation clearing regulations

In May 2015, the Victorian Government commenced a review of the native vegetation clearing regulations (the review) to ensure the regulations sensibly protect sensitive vegetation.

The Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP) led the review, which focused on how the native vegetation clearing regulations have been functioning since the introduction of changes in 2013.

In March 2016, the government released the Review of the native vegetation clearing regulations – Consultation Paper (Consultation paper) for public feedback. The Consultation paper set out 29 proposed improvements in response to key issues raised by stakeholders and the community during the issues identification stage undertaken between June and December 2015.

Where consent has been provided and in line with privacy laws and obligations, submissions made to the Consultation paper were published.

The Review of the native vegetation clearing regulations – consultation, submissions and response information sheet describes the consultation process that has supported the review, and the DELWP response to submissions made to the Consultation paper.

Analysis of the submissions received and targeted workshops with key stakeholders and the stakeholder reference group helped to inform the development of proposed regulatory system changes.