Overview

The Victorian government is consulting on proposals to renew Victoria’s public land legislation, including the creation of a new Public Land Act.

Much of Victoria’s current public land legislation is outdated and does not reflect contemporary views and values of public land. It is also complex and does not adequately support efficient and effective public land management. A new Public Land Act will assist in overcoming the barriers and issues posed by the current legislative framework.

Please note: This consultation is about proposed change to Victoria’s public land legislation and is unrelated to consultation currently underway regarding proposed changes to Victoria’s Crown water (river) frontages.

If you would like to submit a response to the Crown water (river) frontages consultation please do not use this page.

Visit the Engage Victoria Land (Regulated Watercourse Land) Regulations consultation page for more information and to participate. The deadline for submissions for the Crown water (river) frontage consultation is 19 April 2021.

What is being proposed?

The government is proposing to replace three existing Crown Land Acts (the Crown Land (Reserves) Act 1978, Forests Act 1958 and Land Act 1958) with a new Public Land Act. The new Public Land Act will operate alongside the National Parks Act 1975, which will continue to protect significant parts of Victoria’s diverse natural environment.

To inform the development of the renewed public land legislation, the government has released a consultation paper that sets out the government’s proposals for a new Public Land Act.

What won’t change as a result of new or changing legislation?

The proposed reforms will not change any current land uses and all current tenures will be carried forward to the modernised legislation.

The renewal of Victoria’s public land legislation will not:

  • change currently accepted land uses;
  • reduce the protection currently afforded to Victoria’s protected areas or change the extent of Victoria’s existing public land;
  • affect the current protections afforded to Traditional Owners’ rights and interests, including procedural rights under the Traditional Owner Settlement Act and native title rights;
  • affect current tenures—these will be retained under their current terms and conditions and future tenures will be issued under the new or modernised legislation.

How to participate

You can provide feedback to contribute to the development of a new Public Land Act by completing a survey, submitting written comments or uploading a written submission. Select your preferred participation option below.

Next steps

Following closure of the consultation period a report of the submissions and feedback will be compiled.

A summary of the report will be published and made available to those who participated in the consultation via the Engage Victoria consultation page.

Feedback received during the submission period will be used to develop the new legislation, including finalising the wording of objectives and principles for the new Act.

Collection notice

The Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning 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 the renewal of Victoria’s public land legislation, and to keep you updated on the project if you choose to provide contact details. Responses received through the public consultation process will be assessed and analysed to improve and refine the proposals for the renewed public land legislation.

In receiving your submission, DELWP 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.

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