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.
09 May 2013
About 120,000 birds arrived at Victorian wetlands during early spring from as far afield as Siberia and Japan. More than 30,000 of them take up residence in the Port Phillip areas of Cheetham Wetlands, Werribee, Swan Bay, Edwards Point and Mud Island. The birds rest and feed during the Northern hemisphere winter, …
26 May 2013 10:00am - 23 Jun 2013 2:30pm
This course is an Advanced course for Botanical Drawing and Painting. Develop observation skills and learn about tonal values, pencil and ink rendering, composition, colour, watercolour and gouache' Explore, develop and understand a variety of techniques to create your own detailed botanical studies. Time: Sundays 26 May - 23 June, 5 x 4.5 hours = 20 …
19 Jun 2013 5:15pm-6:15pm
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 …
1 Jul 2013 9:00am - 28 Jul 2013 5:00pm
View some inspiring works of art and photography developed by students from Rosebud Secondary College, under the guidance of local artist mentors, during a recent immersive youth arts workshop at Point Nepean. Artwork is on show daily between 9am and 5pm at Hospital 3 within the Quarantine Station. iConnect - Young …
8 Jul 2013 3:00pm-4:00pm
This historical tour provides a unique opportunity to view a cave that is rarely open to the public and is part of the same cave system as the Royal and the Fairy show caves. Lit only by solar-powered pathway lights, you are provided with a helmet and headlight to view …
Check out the free App from Friends of Barwon Bluff. Check out the free App from Friends of Barwon Bluff. Timeline PhotosThe Barwon Bluff App (for iPhone & iPad) is available *now* from the App Store, this App will lead you around the Barwon Bluff and surrounds and help you to identify, understand and appreciate this unique environment and the plants and animals that live within. Check it out!!View post | Tue, 18 Jun 2013 11.49
After heavy rainfall, the falls are thundering over the rocks and throwing spray...After heavy rainfall, the falls are thundering over the rocks and throwing spray into the air and down into the gorge. Absolutely worth the visit if you have never seen them in full force but bring your ear-muffs! Thanks to Friends of Agnes Falls for the update. Friends of Agnes FallsThe "Friends of Agnes Falls" care for the Agnes Falls Scenic Reserve, in South Gippsland, near Toora, help to publicise the Falls, and share suggestions for further developments and improvements at the site.View post | Mon, 17 Jun 2013 10.10
Thanks to David Flagg, Ranger at You Yangs Regional Park, for sharing his pictur...Thanks to David Flagg, Ranger at You Yangs Regional Park, for sharing his picture of Big Rock on sunset. Beautiful!View post | Sun, 16 Jun 2013 18.07
Kanowna Island, Wilsons Promontory National Park is home to one of the four larg...Kanowna Island, Wilsons Promontory National Park is home to one of the four largest Australian fur seal breeding colonies in the state.View post | Fri, 14 Jun 2013 14.38
Park rangers have been busy spreading important public safety information to vis...Park rangers have been busy spreading important public safety information to visitors with heavy rainfall predicted across many areas of the state over the next few days. Pictured here is Ranger in Charge Ben Robertson speaking to campers at Wilsons Promontory National Park, one of the areas expected to receive significant rainfall. Please take care if you’re planning on getting out and about in Victoria’s parks and forests as many tracks, trails and visitor sites may be impacted by the wet conditions. For more info go to http://bit.ly/11G9uC3View post | Wed, 12 Jun 2013 16.08