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Key legislative and policy frameworks

The Regional Catchment Strategy (RCS) has been prepared under the provisions of the Catchment and Land Protection Act, 1994 (CaLP Act), drawing on two key objectives of that Act:

  • balancing land productivity and conservation outcomes;
  • encouraging and supporting community engagement in catchment management.

The RCS has also been developed in accordance with the requirements of national and state legislation and policies relating to biodiversity, land and water resources.

Implementation of this RCS will support regional delivery of national and state natural resource management legislation and policy.

Water for Victoria is a plan for a future with less water as Victoria responds to the impact of climate change and a growing population. The actions set out in the plan support a healthy environment, a prosperous economy with growing agricultural production, and thriving communities.

Victorian Waterway Management Strategy provides the framework for government, in partnership with the community, to maintain or improve the condition of rivers, estuaries and wetlands so that they can continue to provide environmental, social, cultural and economic values for all Victorians.

Our Catchments Our Communities commits to the continuation of the community’s important role in land management and puts it at the centre of how integrated catchment management is planned and delivered in Victoria.

Protecting Victoria’s Environment ‐ Biodiversity 2037 is Victoria’s plan to stop the decline of our native plants and animals and improve our natural environment.

The Victorian Climate Change Adaptation Plan lays out a blueprint for action that will help Victoria meet the challenges and act on the opportunities presented by climate change.

The State Environment Protection Policy (Waters) ensures Victoria has clear and relevant standards, legal rules, and statutory obligations to protect and improve the health of our water environments.

Victoria’s Marine and Coastal Policy guides decision makers in the planning, management and sustainable use of our coastal and marine environment. It provides direction to decision makers including local councils and land managers on a range of issues such as dealing with the impacts of climate change, population growth and ageing coastal structures.

Munganin – Gadhaba (DELWP Aboriginal Inclusion Plan) is being rolled out across the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning both internally and externally. It serves as a visual reminder of DELWP’s ongoing commitment to working in full partnership with Traditional Owners and Aboriginal Victorians.

The Eastern Maar Healthy Country Plan is

The Wadawurrung Healthy Country Plan articulates how Wadawurrung see Country being cared for and managed over the next 10 years. This includes walking together with government (federal, state, and local) and other key stakeholders to achieve self-determination, ensuring sustainable Wadawurrung managed investment in Country going forward.

Victorians Volunteering for Nature ‐ Environmental Volunteering Plan

Victorian Planning Provisions

The Australian Government’s National Landcare Program is a key part of the Australian Government’s commitment to protect and conserve Australia’s water, soil, plants, animals and ecosystems, as well as supporting the productive and sustainable use of these valuable resources.