The Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning
(DELWP) has comprehensively engaged with the Victorian community to gather
views and ideas that helped inform the proposed changes to the regulations.
These changes have also been informed by a specialist stakeholder reference
The regulations have been designed to provide for better
consideration of important biodiversity values in decision making. This
includes key habitats for dispersed rare or threatened species, large trees,
endangered Ecological Vegetation Classes, and sensitive wetlands and coastal
Changes will also result in fairer offset obligations for
removal of scattered trees, by acknowledging the greater habitat values of
large trees, and reducing the offset requirements for smaller trees.
The function of the regulatory system will be improved to
provide greater transparency. This includes improved monitoring and reporting
on the implementation of the regulations, and the formation of a native
vegetation regulations advisory group to support DELWP in the development and
implementation of a program of ongoing improvements.
The review outcomes will be delivered through:
In December 2016, the government released the proposed amendments
to the VPP [PDF File - 1.5 MB], including a new incorporated document – the draft Native Vegetation Clearing - assessment
guidelines – for public consideration and comment.
The submission period on the proposed changes to the VPP has now closed.
All comments received during the submission period
will be considered in preparing the final changes to the VPP. which will be
introduced later in 2017.
For more information about the review, please visit
the Engage Victoria website, or contact the review team directly on firstname.lastname@example.org.