State of the Parks
Parks Victoria evaluates the effectiveness of our park management activities in parks across the state through our State of the Parks (SoP) program.
The purpose of SoP is to:
- Undertake a systematic evaluation of the outcomes of management programs and the extent to which park management objectives are being met
- Review our achievements, highlight current challenges and identify emerging issues
- Inform and adapt our management programs following the review.
SoP is consistent with state and national priorities for evaluation and reporting through the Victorian Government Land and Biodiversity White Paper and the Commonwealth Government National Reserve System guidelines for the states and territories.
How it works
The process for SoP is based around best-practice adopted by the World Commission on Protected Areas. These assessments are now being undertaken by a number of park agencies around the world.
SoP assesses all park management output areas:
- Environment, land and water
- Culture and heritage
- Visitors and community
- Fire and emergency management
- A sustainable organisation
SoP is based on a broad range of indicator groups:
- Representation of park values
- Management response
- Management outcomes
These indicator groups each have detailed indicators and measures.
Parks Victoria uses a two tiered approach in evaluating our management effectiveness:
- Assess around 95 per cent of the parks network via a systematic staff survey. A range of information sources (corporate datasets, commissioned studies, monitoring reports and expert/ranger opinion) inform responses to the survey
- Targeted quantitative monitoring programs for a sub-set of parks. In 2007, Parks Victoria published our second State of the Parks report (the first report was in 2000).
Download the latest reports
State of the Parks 2007 - summary (PDF 6.7MB)
State of the Parks 2007 - part one (PDF 12.0MB)
State of the Parks 2007 - part two (PDF 11.9MB)
25 Mar 2014
Volunteers are helping to eradicate one of the state’s worst weeds from the Victorian Alps. Hawkweed is an extremely invasive member of the daisy family and is a State prohibited weed in Victoria. It has already caused major environmental damage in North America, Japan and New Zealand. Three species have…
5 Apr 2014 12:00am - 30 Apr 2014 12:00am
Award winning artist Minela Krupic is bringing her poignant and thought-provoking first solo exhibition Palimpsest to Point Nepean National Park. The Palimpsest exhibition explores the stories of migrants quarantined at Point Nepean through collected images of them. A palimpsest is a manuscript from which the text has been scraped or…
5 Apr 2014 12:00am - 20 Apr 2014 12:00am
Discover life in a Mansion at Werribee Park. Check out the full list of activities and book in here.
5 Apr 2014 12:00am - 20 Apr 2014 12:00am
Join Parks Victoria for some fun Junior Ranger activities at Point Nepean National Park. Check out the full list of activities here.
8 Apr 2014 12:00am - 20 Apr 2014 12:00am
This Easter, join a Parks Victoria ranger to discover the secrets and features of Victoria’s parks. A variety of Discovery Walks and tours including Junior Ranger activities for children and their families are available from 8 to 20 April. For more information and to book click here or phone 13…
Looking for an exclusive, hands-on conservation experience? Join our Parks Vict...Looking for an exclusive, hands-on conservation experience? Join our Parks Victoria Rangers on an exciting Naturewise Eco Escape to Point Nepean National Park http://bit.ly/1l4Htjn Photo: ©Marko SanovicView post | Thu, 17 Apr 2014 11.23
Ranger Rodolfo recently enjoyed a day snorkelling at Point Cooke Marine Sanctuar...Ranger Rodolfo recently enjoyed a day snorkelling at Point Cooke Marine Sanctuary. It was a beautiful, warm day and the water was very still making it perfect for spotting these wonderful creatures. Rodolfo recommends visiting Point Cooke Marine Sanctuary and Point Cook Coastal Park which are located a short distance from Melbourne and are very popular for snorkelling, picnics, BBQ’s and family time.View post | Wed, 16 Apr 2014 17.06
Weedy Seadragon and Blue DevilThe Weedy Seadragon and Blue Devil are just some of the amazing marine life underneath the waves of Bells Beach. Local surfers helped get the Bells Beach Surfing Recreation Reserve included within the Marine National Park back in 2002.View post | Wed, 16 Apr 2014 12.01
It’s a lot different to Port Campbell where he usually works, but Ranger Trevor...It’s a lot different to Port Campbell where he usually works, but Ranger Trevor was keen get out and explore the area while he’s currently stationed at Queenscliff. Last week Trevor took his 12 year old cousin Mitchell to the Kinglake NP mountain bike area to ride Shepherds Track. Trevor said “The track is excellent, really fast and technical with some challenging sections. Well done to the team at Kinglake who got this track going”.View post | Wed, 16 Apr 2014 10.57
Recently Conservation Volunteers and Parks Victoria took park in the Melbourne B...Recently Conservation Volunteers and Parks Victoria took park in the Melbourne Bandicoot Break at Woodlands Historic Park. The project focuses on saving the Eastern Barred Bandicoot from extinction through a number of exciting hands-on conservation activities. For further details http://bit.ly/1l0vzTiView post | Tue, 15 Apr 2014 16.29