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Coastal hazards

Victoria has over 2,500 km of coastline, including extensive sandy beach systems, rocky coasts, bays, inlets and estuaries, coastal lakes and floodplains. These diverse bio-cultural landscapes have been nurtured by Traditional Owners of Country for countless generations, and are dynamic environments shaped by natural coastal processes.

At times, coastal processes including erosion, inundation, and other physical/chemical processes, may have a negative impact on coastal values and uses. When this occurs, we often refer to these processes as coastal hazards.

Coastal hazard exposure occurs periodically across the coast, and is projected to increase with changes in wave action, storm activity and sea level rise associated with climate change.

Developing a strategic approach

Victoria’s Resilient Coast – Adapting for 2100+ provides a framework, guidelines, and support for Local Government, land managers and their communities to:

  • Enable place-based, best practice and long-term coastal hazard risk management and adaptation.
  • Build on the directions in the Marine and Coastal Policy 2020.

In building on the Policy directions, Victoria’s Resilient Coast provides a staged approach to the technical, strategic and engagement elements of risk management and adaptation:

Victoria's Resilient Coast staged approach

This approach was developed through a collaborative process, including a project partnership with Traditional Owners, and a Working Group including representatives from coastal Councils, Committees of Management, Catchment Management Authorities, government agencies, water authorities and peak body groups.

Our Victorian framework and guidelines have been informed by:

  • Leading research on climate adaptation
  • National / international approaches
  • Victoria’s place-based adaptation needs
  • The collaborative development process.

Project timing

The collaborative development of the statewide approach was undertaken over June 2021 to July 2022.

Initial pilot implementation of the framework and guidelines has commenced, with ongoing review.

Grants Program

Grants are available to support eligible organisations with pilot projects, including technical, engagement and strategic planning activities aligned to one or more stages of Victoria’s Resilient Coast framework.

Rounds 1 grants closed on 28 April 2022 and were awarded for the following projects:  

Project leadProjectVictoria's Resilient Coast framework stages
City of Port PhillipPort Phillip Coastal Resilience Project1 - 4
Mornington Peninsula Shire CouncilMornington Peninsula Coastal Strategy1 - 4
Corangamite Catchment Management AuthorityAire Valley Estuary Floodplain Project - Part 21 - 5
Parks VictoriaCoastal Marine Hazard Assessment - Wilsons Promontory terrestrial and marine parks1 - 6
Great Ocean Road Coast and Parks AuthorityAnglesea Resilient 2100+ Coast Project1 - 6
Torquay to Warrnambool Scoping Study1

Round 2 grants are open from 5 January 2023.

Round 2 grants are open from 5 January 2023 and close at 4:00pm 16 March 2023.

Organisations with land management responsibilities within the “marine and coastal environment” as defined under the Marine and Coastal Act 2018 may apply.

Eligible organisations can apply online at:  https://delwp.my.site.com/publicform?id=a0h8u000000UAcT

For more information please email vicresilientcoast@delwp.vic.gov.au

For information about the application guidelines or the assessment process please email vicresilientcoast@delwp.vic.gov.au

Further information and resources

If you would like to know more please email vicresilientcoast@delwp.vic.gov.au


Victoria's Marine and Coastal Policy 2020

Victorian Marine and Coastal Strategy 2021

Coast Adapt

Page last updated: 21/02/23