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)
12 Nov 2013
In preparation for the opening of the seasonal road closures, Parks Victoria staff along with fourteen members of the Mansfield Alpine Four Wheel Drive Club spent the past weekend clearing tracks in the Alpine National Park. A wild winter had taken its toll on tracks throughout the park with many…
15 Nov 2013 7:00pm - 2 Mar 2014 9:00pm
Fun, low key club mountain bike racing held on Friday nights over the Summer
11 Dec 2013 6:00pm-8:00pm
Festive season has arrived! Why not kick off summer with family, friends and colleagues by signing up to Emma & Tom's annual Christmas Run? Put the stress of Christmas shopping aside to enjoy a fun afternoon by Albert Part Lake. Don't forget to bring your picnic blanket along with some…
11 Dec 2013 8:15pm-9:15pm
The bat count is held once a month at dusk when the whole colony of 10,000 -20,000 bats fly out to feed around Melbourne’s suburbs. New counters are very welcome and much appreciated. Experience is not necessary as training is provided on the night. Wear comfortable shoes for walking, dress…
14 Dec 2013 9:00am - 15 Dec 2013 5:00pm
Escape to the mountains for a dose of sub-alpine walking before Christmas!! Help out with some track marking and once you reach the summit, relax and soak up wonderful wilderness views. For those who are happy to camp there will be a base-camp at Native Dog Flat for at least…
Escape to the mountains for a dose of sub-alpine walking with the Friends of Cob...Escape to the mountains for a dose of sub-alpine walking with the Friends of Cobberas this weekend 14-15 December. Help out with some track marking and once you reach the summit, relax and soak up wonderful wilderness views. Happy campers can stay at Native Dog Flat base-camp for at least one night. For non-campers, accommodation is available about an hour from the site. Visitors and new members most welcome. Email: email@example.com for more details.View post | Wed, 11 Dec 2013 15.52
It’s International Mountain Day today and there’s plenty of mountains, large and...It’s International Mountain Day today and there’s plenty of mountains, large and small, for you to enjoy in Victoria. Only 90 minutes from Melbourne, you’ll feel like you’re scaling to great heights at Cathedral Range State Park. While the park is a mecca for climbers there are tracks that anyone with moderate fitness can have a shot at climbing to the peak and enjoying the spectacular 360 degree views. http://bit.ly/1bun2RCView post | Wed, 11 Dec 2013 09.48
Great Victorian Fish Count at the Barwon Bluff Marine SanctuaryView post | Tue, 10 Dec 2013 14.37
It's a girl! Conservation Volunteers project officer Travis Scicchitano holds th...It's a girl! Conservation Volunteers project officer Travis Scicchitano holds this precious baby, trapped as part of the Eastern Barred Bandicoot revival program at Woodlands Historic Park. This is the first generation of Woodlands bandicoots and comes after three years of hard work preparing and maintaining the back paddock at Woodlands. Well done to the EBB recovery team which includes Conservation Volunteers, Parks Victoria and Zoos Victoria.View post | Tue, 10 Dec 2013 10.55
Over the weekend a TrailRider all-terrain wheelchair was tested on a section of...Over the weekend a TrailRider all-terrain wheelchair was tested on a section of the Great Ocean Walk from Cape Otway to Aire River by a group of keen walkers including David Stratton, his family and Parks Victoria staff John Kenwright and Kate Churven. All were happy to report the test was a resounding success.View post | Mon, 09 Dec 2013 15.11