Victoria’s new native vegetation clearing laws

In December 2013 the Victorian Government brought in a new regulatory framework governing the clearing of native vegetation in Victoria. This briefing paper (updated February 2014) provides an overview of the regulatory framework. The Government made some changes to the scheme just before it came into force, which are included in this paper.

The reforms make significant changes to the intent, coverage and process of native vegetation clearing controls. The change of emphasis is clearly demonstrated by the change in name of the scheme from the ‘native vegetation management framework’ to the ‘permitted clearing of native vegetation’.

This paper covers:

  • the structure of the new arrangements
  • the objectives and purposes
  • the ‘risk-based’ approach to decision-making
  • how the new framework facilitates clearing
  • the structure of offset rules
  • the alternative arrangements for native vegetation management and clearing, and
  • the uncertainty ahead.

View briefing paper Victoria’s new native vegetation clearing laws (PDF, 311KB)


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