The Victorian Government, with guidance of the Victorian Marine and Coastal Council and in consultation with key marine and coastal stakeholders, has developed a draft Marine and Coastal Policy.

The Policy will guide decision-makers (including local councils and land managers) to deliver coordinated and consistent planning, management and sustainable use of our coast and marine environment. It will provide statewide direction on a range of issues such as dealing with the impacts of climate change, population growth and ageing coastal structures.

The draft Policy builds on the strengths of the Victorian Coastal Strategy 2014 and fills identified gaps including a greater focus on the marine environment, recognising and respecting the aspirations of Traditional Owners, embedding climate change in all aspects of our planning and providing clear guidance on roles and responsibilities.

The draft Policy includes Victoria’s first Marine Spatial Planning Framework which outlines a process for creating marine plans in Victoria so that industry, government and the community can work together to better plan how we use and protect the marine environment.

A full copy and summary of the draft Policy and answers to frequently asked questions can be found on the links below.

Until the final Policy is released, the Victorian Coastal Strategy 2014 remains the statewide policy and strategy document for Victoria.

A Marine and Coastal Strategy will be developed in 2020 to outline the priority actions to achieve the final Policy’s objectives.

Have your say

Your input is needed to ensure that the final Policy reflects the Victorian community’s views on how the marine and coastal environment should be planned for and managed.

A program of regional community information sessions is planned. Drop by to find out more about the draft Policy.

Visit the consultation website – Engage Victoria – to provide feedback or upload a submission.If you wish to write a formal submission, the draft policy document (link above) contains a series of questions which may be a useful prompt for forming your views.

Submissions must be lodged before 15 August 2019 by:

  1. Uploading a submission or responding to the survey on Engage Victoria
  2. Emailing your submission to
  3. Sending your submission to:  

    Draft Marine and Coastal Policy
    Policy and Strategy Unit
    Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning
    PO Box 500
    East Melbourne VIC 3002


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