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.
17 Feb 2014
The discovery of healthy populations of two bio control agents released up to 15 years ago has boosted the prospects for biological control of English Broom. Dr Robin Adair, an expert in the biological control of weeds, was commissioned by Parks Victoria last year to assess the establishment and impacts…
12 Mar 2014
The Grey-headed Flying-fox is the largest flying-fox (also known as a fruit bat) species in Australia. Each month the Australian Research Centre for Urban Ecology conduct the monthly bat count at Yarra Bend Park at dusk on the Wednesday evening closest to the risen full moon. This data is critical…
15 Mar 2014 9:00am - 16 Mar 2014 5:00pm
The Back to Steiglitz community art group will have an exhibition in St Paul's church, Steiglitz. There will be 4 artists displaying their works in a variety of mediums and styles. Historic buildings will be open to the public. The Back to Steiglitz group will provide food and drinks for…
16 Mar 2014 2:00pm-4:00pm
To celebrate Cultural Diversity Week Mornington Peninsula Shire and Parks Victoria invites you to a screening of Alias Ruby Blade - A story of love and revolution The acclaimed documentary film follows Kirsty Sword Gusmao who aspired to be a filmmaker and instead became a revolutionary. Whilst working for the…
23 Mar 2014 9:00am-3:00pm
Help create koala habitat and learn about koalas. Enjoy a day helping Koalas in the wild. Search for koalas, monitor their behaviour, remove weeds from their habitat and take records of all other wildlife seen, all in the company of a highly experienced Koala Researcher. Part of the day is…
Happy International Women’s Day! Photo: Ranger Deb Cross at the Gil Groggin Fir...Happy International Women’s Day! Photo: Ranger Deb Cross at the Gil Groggin Fire north of Buchan.View post | Sat, 08 Mar 2014 09.42
The Mt Zero area in Grampians National Park has re-opened in time for the long w...The Mt Zero area in Grampians National Park has re-opened in time for the long weekend to provide visitors with a walking experience in the Northern Grampians. Many areas in the park are now open after the fire in January. Full details here http://ow.ly/ukBMTView post | Fri, 07 Mar 2014 17.11
Thanks to all our Facebook friends who have sent in their favourite park photos...Thanks to all our Facebook friends who have sent in their favourite park photos this week to help inspire your next park visit. Enjoy your local parks and beyond this long weekend to help celebrate the end of Parks Week.Friends Parks Week photosThanks to all our Facebook friends who have sent in their favourite park photos this week to help inspire your next park visit. Enjoy your local parks and beyond this long weekend to help celebrate the end of Parks Week.View post | Fri, 07 Mar 2014 13.45
Introducing the newest recruit to join the Werribee Park horticultural team, See...Introducing the newest recruit to join the Werribee Park horticultural team, See Me. He is from the Karen people of Burma and lived for 15 years in a refugee camp before coming to Australia. See Me is being sponsored by Matchworks and will be working with us for the next 11 months while he completes a Certificate Three in Horticulture. We’re celebrating the many park connections with Victoria’s rich multicultural community during Parks Week. http://ow.ly/ui2jQView post | Thu, 06 Mar 2014 16.14
Clean Up Australia Day events at Kalimna Park and Golden Point Reserve last week...Clean Up Australia Day events at Kalimna Park and Golden Point Reserve last weekend resulted in 4 cubic metres of rubbish being removed from the bush in and around Castlemaine Diggings National Heritage Park. We would like to say a big thank you to all the volunteers for their efforts on the day. http://ow.ly/uhMnvView post | Thu, 06 Mar 2014 11.43