The Marine and Coastal Policy guides decision makers in the planning, management and sustainable use of our coastal and marine environment. It provides direction to decision makers including local councils and land managers on a range of issues such as dealing with the impacts of climate change, population growth and ageing coastal structures.

Marine and Coastal Policy (PDF, 7.1 MB)

Executive Summary - Marine and Coastal Policy (PDF, 1.1 MB)

FAQ - Marine and Coastal Policy (PDF, 171.9 KB)

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Victorian Coastal Strategy 2014

The Marine and Coastal Policy came into operation in March 2020, superseding the ‘policy for decision-making’ parts of the Victorian Coastal Strategy 2014 (PDF, 10.4 MB).

Established under the Coastal Management Act 1995, the Victorian Coastal Strategy 2014 set the long-term vision and framework for how we plan and manage the coast, guided by the Hierarchy of Principles, policies and actions.

The actions in the Victorian Coastal Strategy 2014 will remain valid until a Marine and Coastal Strategy is made. For more information, also see The Victorian Coastal Strategy Summary Brochure (PDF, 956.9 KB).

The Victorian Coastal Strategy 2014 Implementation Plan highlighted the priority projects for 2017-2019, and outlined progress in delivering on the Strategy so far.

Victorian Coastal Strategy Implementation Plan (PDF, 670.8 KB)
Victorian Coastal Strategy Implementation Plan (DOCX, 56.5 KB)

The Marine Spatial Planning Framework

The policy includes a Marine Spatial Planning Framework (MSP Framework) which guides long term planning and management of Victoria's marine environment in an integrated and coordinated way. The MSP Framework details the essential elements and steps necessary for achieving integrated and coordinated planning and management of Victoria’s marine environment. It provides an overarching structure to guide planning, management and decision making by marine sectors.

For any specific queries, please contact the Marine Spatial Planning team at

Marine and Coastal Strategy

The Victorian Government is committed to implementing the Policy through the development of a Marine and Coastal Strategy.

The Strategy will give effect to the policy by detailing priority actions over a 5-year period and will be the key mechanism for addressing new and challenging issues.

A draft strategy was released for public consultation during August and September 2021. You can view the drat Strategy at Engage Victoria.


The policy has been prepared in consultation with key government and non-government groups, with representation across various sectors, and with guidance from the Victorian Marine and Coastal Council. It draws and builds on the merits of the Victorian Coastal Strategy 2014 and fills identified gaps.

A draft policy was released in July 2019 and was available for public comment for 2 months. More than 200 submissions were received. The final policy was informed by all the contributions made by the Victorian community.

The MSP Framework component of the policy was developed through an inclusive and participatory engagement approach. The approach modelled ways of working together that reflect how marine spatial planning should take place in the future.

A summary of the consultation activities has been prepared. This includes an overview of how feedback received through submissions has influenced the refinement of the final policy.

Summary of Consultation - Draft Marine and Coastal Policy (PDF, 609.0 KB)

Traditional Owner consultation

The policy recognises Traditional Owners’ enduring connection to Country and supports a self-determination model that facilitates current and future generations to have their voices heard in planning and management decisions, and to care for Country.

The development of the policy has benefited from the direct involvement of coastal Traditional Owners through the Sea Country Co-Governance Group, jointly chaired by Traditional Owner Corporations and the Chair of the Victorian Marine and Coastal Council.

DELWP is committed to ensuring Traditional Owners continue to be heard and respected, as we now move to implementing the policy and development of the Marine and Coastal Strategy in 2020.

Page last updated: 25/08/22