Coastal planning in Victoria

The Victorian coast stretches for some 2,000km and supports a wide variety of environmental, social and cultural values. The Victorian coast contributes significantly through tourism and related services, and port and trade activity. It is estimated that around 70 million recreational visits are made to Victoria's coastal areas each year.

The Victorian government is committed to supporting the development of detailed coastal mapping in preparation for storm surges and possible sea level rise, and striking the right balance between respecting existing land rights for owners of private coastal land and where a planning permit is granted, to ensure that sustainable private development can occur.

A number of government and non-government stakeholders have a role in managing coastal pressures and issues. The department plays an important role in managing built form and development through the land-use planning system to help guide sustainable development within coastal settlements and manage development within non-urban areas.

Victorian Coastal Strategy

The Victorian Coastal Strategy 2014 is the government's policy commitment for coastal, estuarine and marine environments in Victoria. It has been developed in accordance with the Coastal Management Act 1995. It provides a long-term vision for the planning, management and sustainable use of our coast, and the policies and actions Victorians will need to implement over the next five years to help achieve that vision.

The Strategy assists in the development and implementation of other locally and regionally specific strategies and plans including Regional Coastal Plans: Central, Gippsland and Western; and Coastal Management Plans. It is referenced in the State Planning Policy Framework of all Victorian planning schemes.   

There is also Ministerial Direction No. 13 and the General Practice Note, Managing coastal hazards and the coastal impacts of possible sea level rise assists planning and responsible authorities.

For further information on how Catchment Management Authorities and Melbourne Water provide advice to responsible authorities on development proposals refer to:

Read the fact sheet on managing coastal hazards and the coastal impacts of climate change.

Other coastal planning initiatives

Information about other coastal planning strategies and initiatives:

  • Coastal Spaces Landscape Assessment Study 2006
    Launched in September 2006, the Coastal Spaces Landscape Assessment Study provided a thorough assessment of landscape character and significance across Victoria's coastal landscapes, some of the most spectacular and recognisable in the country.
  • Coastal Environment Program
    Led by the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning, the Coastal Environment Program aims to reduce the impact of coastal hazards and better manage the Government's duty of care and liability for coastal Crown land.
  • Great Ocean Road Region Strategy
    Released in 2004, the Great Ocean Road Region Strategy was prepared to manage the land use and transport demands for the next twenty years.

Page last reviewed on 13 September 2016

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