Victoria’s parks and reserves system has been established over the past 120 years through the efforts and commitment of a wide range of organisations and individuals. Parks are reserved for a variety of purposes, and managed within the context of state and Commonwealth legislation, international treaties, government policies, best-practice principles, strategies and guidelines.
Key state legislation in relation to parks and reserves includes, but is not limited to;
- National Parks Act 1975 and Regulations
- Crown Lands (Reserves) Act 1978 and Regulations
- Parks Victoria Act 1998
- Port Management Act 1995
Other important state legislation includes, but is not limited to;
- Aboriginal Heritage Act 1996
- Flora and Fauna Guarantee Act 1988
- Forests Act 1958 and Regulations
- Heritage Act 1995
- Land Conservation (Vehicle Control) Act 1972 and Regulations
- Traditional Owner Settlement Act 2010
All current Victoria legislation can be found here: www.legislation.vic.gov.au
Commonwealth legislation which has direct, or major, implications for the management of Victorian parks and reserves includes, but is not limited to;
- Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999
- Native Title Act 1993
- Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Heritage Protection Act 1984
Parks Victoria Act
Under the Parks Victoria Act 1998, Parks Victoria's responsibilities are to provide services to the State and its agencies for the management of parks, reserves and other public land. With the approval of the Minister, it may also provide land management services to the owner of any other land used for public purposes. The Act requires that, in carrying out its functions, Parks Victoria must not act in a way that is not environmentally sound.
Overall arrangements regarding the relationships and responsibilities for the provision of services to the Department of Environment and Primary Industries (DEPI) are set down in a Management Services Agreement (MSA) between Parks Victoria, the Minister for Environment and the Secretary of the Department of Environment and Primary Industries. Parks Victoria's management services are delivered within state policy, contractual agreements and the specific responsibilities and powers of the Secretary (DEPI) under the National Parks Act 1975.
In addition to the Management Services Agreement, Parks Victoria provides management services to Melbourne Water (for management of reservoir parks).
Parks Victoria's responsibilities encompass the management of:
- all areas reserved under the National Parks Act 1975
- metropolitan waterways and adjacent land under the Water Industry Act 1994
- nominated Crown land reserved under the Crown Land (Reserves) Act 1978
- conservation reserves reserved under the Crown Land (Reserves) Act 1978 and managed in accordance with approved land use recommendations under the Land Conservation Act 1970
- areas reserved under the Heritage Rivers Act 1992
- planning for all Ramsar sites and management of some sites
- piers and jetties in Port Phillip Bay and Western Port and recreational boating on these Bays pursuant to powers conferred by the Marine Safet Act 2010 and the Port of Melbourne Authority Act 1958
- other areas as specified under the Parks Victoria Act 1998
Fees and Penalties
Victorian Government departments and agencies charge a range of fees for services and regulatory purposes, including licensing and registering certain activities and fines for improper conduct, and to discourage unlawful behaviour. These fees and fines are officially set and revised by legislation relevant to their application.
Further information is available from the DEPI website: Fees and Penalties.
12 Nov 2013
Parks Victoria wishes to advise visitors that during the next six weeks there will be weekday access disruptions at the McKenzie River Rainforest Walk in the Bemm River Scenic Reserve, between Orbost and Cann River in East Gippsland. The walk is a popular stopping point for motorists on the Princes…
15 Nov 2013 7:00pm - 2 Mar 2014 9:00pm
Fun, low key club mountain bike racing held on Friday nights over the Summer
7 Dec 2013 9:00am-12:00pm
Mountain bike race starting at Kurrajong Picnic Ground. Suitable for novice & junior MTB racers.
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…
A sincere thank you goes out to all of the dedicated volunteers who contribute t...A sincere thank you goes out to all of the dedicated volunteers who contribute their time and effort to the conservation of parks, gardens, rivers, caves and oceans around Victoria. We couldn’t do it without you. Happy International Volunteers Day.View post | Thu, 05 Dec 2013 12.03
Back from the Alpine National Park Bioscan - find out more about what it was lik...Back from the Alpine National Park Bioscan - find out more about what it was like in the field from ABC Rural | Bush Telegraph.Wildlife survey uncovers unique alpine creatureswww.abc.net.auCrayfish underneath alpine bogs, small mammals breeding themselves to death and native bees building a chimney can all be found in Australia's unique alpine environment.View post | Wed, 04 Dec 2013 15.29
If you’re looking for something a little different to do this Saturday 7 Decembe...If you’re looking for something a little different to do this Saturday 7 December then why not pack a picnic dinner, grab some chairs and bring the family to Days Mill Historic Farm, located at Days Road in Murchison, for a free movie night. Part of Activities in the Park, a series of free events that Parks Victoria runs in partnership with Greater Shepparton City Council from November till March 2014, the entertainment starts at 7.30pm with the Christmas themed movie ELF starring Will Farrell. For more information: http://bit.ly/1jiyOpJ Hope to see you there - Ranger Drue!View post | Wed, 04 Dec 2013 10.04
One of Victoria’s icon walks, the Falls to Hotham Alpine Crossing was officially...One of Victoria’s icon walks, the Falls to Hotham Alpine Crossing was officially launched last weekend. This 37km 3 day/2 nights walk links the resort villages of Falls Creek and Mt Hotham in the Alpine National Park. For further information visit our website: http://bit.ly/IHQaPaView post | Tue, 03 Dec 2013 16.18
We’re proud to be celebrating 21 years of International Day of People with Disab...We’re proud to be celebrating 21 years of International Day of People with Disability. Today Parks Victoria is at the 2013 Disability Sport and Recreation Festival @ Federation Square where an all terrain wheelchair will be on display and available for people to try. Festival information: http://bit.ly/19dKtP8 Further information about all-terrain wheelchairs: http://bit.ly/NYCsnHView post | Tue, 03 Dec 2013 10.43