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Timber harvesting

  • Under the Conservation, Forests and Lands Act 1987 the Secretary to the Department of Environment Land, Water and Planning is responsible for providing a framework for land management systems in Victoria. The act also includes administrative, financial and enforcement provisions necessary for the land management system.

    Related regulations:

    • Conservation, Forests and Lands (Contracts) Regulations 2010
    • Conservation, Forests and Lands (Infringement Notice) Regulations 2013
    • Conservation, Forests and Lands (Primary Industries Infringement Notices) Regulations 2013
  • The Flora and Fauna Guarantee Act 1988 (FFG Act) is the key piece of Victorian legislation for the conservation of threatened species and communities and for the management of potentially threatening processes.

    The FFG Act emphasises the importance of cooperative approaches to biodiversity conservation and recognises that all government agencies and the community need to participate in the conservation effort.

    It also creates a number of offences in relation to the illegal take of Protected Flora.

    Related regulations:

    • Flora and Fauna Guarantee Regulations 2020
  • The Forests Act 1958 provides for the management, maintenance, improvement and use of state forests. The Act is the legislative basis for the management of State Forests in Victoria. It is also the legislative basis for granting Forest Produce Licences under which timber harvesting operations can be authorised (outside of an Allocation Order under the SFT Act).

    The Forests Act 1958 also regulates the use of fire and the take and use of forest produce on public land.  This includes restrictions and offences relating to the use of campfires and the collection of firewood and other forest produce on public land.

    Related regulations:

    • Forests (Fire Protection) Regulations 2014
    • Forests (Domestic Firewood) Regulations 2012
    • Forests (Tour Operator Licence Fee) Regulations 2011
    • Forests (Licences and Permits) Regulations 2019
    • Forests (Recreation) Regulations 2010
  • The Sustainable Forests (Timber) Act 2004 provides a framework for sustainable forest management and sustainable timber harvesting in state forests. This act establishes the allocation order, timber release plans and compliance obligations provisions for timber harvesting in state forests. The act also requires VicForests to comply with the Code of Practice for Timber Production 2014.  

  • The Wildlife Act 1975 establishes procedures to promote:

    • the protection and conservation of wildlife
    • the prevention of taxa of wildlife from becoming extinct
    • the sustainable use and access to wildlife

    The act also prohibits and regulates the conduct of persons engaged in activities concerning or related to wildlife, including timber harvesting operations. The Wildlife Act 1975 includes various management provisions relating to wildlife including responsibilities, offences, licences and authorisations.

    Related regulations:

    • Wildlife (State Game Reserves) Regulations 2014
    • Wildlife Regulations 2013
    • Wildlife (Game) Regulations 2012
    • Wildlife (Marine Mammals) Regulations 2019
    • Wildlife (Tour Operator Licence Fee) Regulations 2011

Public land

  • Under the Conservation, Forests and Lands Act 1987 the Secretary to the Department of Environment Land, Water and Planning is responsible for providing a framework for land management systems in Victoria. The Act also includes administrative, financial and enforcement provisions necessary for the land management system.

    Related regulations:

    • Conservation, Forests and Lands (Contracts) Regulations 2010
    • Conservation, Forests and Lands (Infringement Notice) Regulations 2013
    • Conservation, Forests and Lands (Primary Industries Infringement Notices) Regulations 2013
  • The Crown Land (Reserves) Act 1978 provides for the reservation of Crown Land for various public purposes, including preserving areas of ecological significance and the development of public utilities. The act also provides for the management of such reserved lands through powers, licences, offences and penalties. For example, the Act creates rights and responsibilities relating to the taking of firewood on crown land.

    Related regulations:

    • Crown Land (Reserves) (Domestic Firewood) Regulations 2012
    • Crown Land (Reserves) (Tour Operator Licence Fee) Regulations 2011
    • Crown land (Reserves) (Nature Conservation Reserve) Regulations 2004
  • The Flora and Fauna Guarantee Act 1988 (FFG Act) is the key piece of Victorian legislation for the conservation of threatened species and communities and for the management of potentially threatening processes.

    The FFG Act emphasises the importance of cooperative approaches to biodiversity conservation and recognises that all government agencies and the community need to participate in the conservation effort.

    It also creates a number of offences in relation to the illegal take of Protected Flora.

    Related regulations:

    • Flora and Fauna Guarantee Regulations 2020
  • The Forests Act 1958 provides for the management, maintenance, improvement and use of state forests. The Act is the legislative basis for the management of State Forests in Victoria. It is also the legislative basis for granting Forest Produce Licences under which timber harvesting operations can be authorised (outside of an Allocation Order under the SFT Act).

    The Forests Act 1958 also regulates the use of fire and the take and use of forest produce on public land.  This includes restrictions and offences relating to the use of campfires and the collection of firewood and other forest produce on public land.

    Related regulations:

    • Forests (Fire Protection) Regulations 2014
    • Forests (Domestic Firewood) Regulations 2012
    • Forests (Tour Operator Licence Fee) Regulations 2011
    • Forests (Licences and Permits) Regulations 2019
    • Forests (Recreation) Regulations 2010
  • The Land Act 1958 consolidates the law relating to the sale and occupation of Crown lands. The act covers a broad range of matters including grants and reservations, land administration, licences and permits, plantation areas, development leases, unclaimed lands and watercourses. This includes provisions relating to unauthorised occupation, depositing of rubbish and unauthorised construction on Crown lands.

    Related regulations:

    • Land Regulations 2016
    • Land (Tour Operator Licence Fee) Regulations 2011
  • The Land Conservation (Vehicle Control) Act 1972 and the associated Land Conservation (Vehicle Control) Regulations 2013 aim to prevent damage to land and soil erosion by regulating the use of vehicles on public land. For example, under the regulations, public land may be declared a prohibited or restricted access area with limits on the use of any vehicles.

    Related regulations:

    • Land Conservation (Vehicle Control) Regulations 2013
  • The Marine and Coastal Act 2018 provides an integrated and coordinated approach to planning and managing the marine and coastal environment in Victoria. This aims to protect the coastline and address long-term challenges such as climate change and population growth. For example, it contains offences for unauthorised development on coastal land.

  • The National Parks Act 1975 establishes the statutory basis for the protection, use and management for National and State parks in Victoria. This park system includes national parks, state parks, marine national parks and coastal parks, covering nearly 3.45 million hectares.

    The Act provides for the preservation and protection of cultural heritage values and the natural environment in these areas. This includes the protection of flora and fauna and features of ecological, scenic, historic, and geological significance. In accordance with these considerations, the Act makes provision for the use of parks by the public for the purposes of enjoyment, recreation and education.

    Related regulations:

    • National Parks Regulations 2013
    • National Parks (Tour Operator Licence Fee) Regulations 2011
  • The Safety on Public Land Act 2004 addresses public safety in state forests by providing for the establishment and enforcement of public safety zones. These zones serve many purposes, including protecting natural and cultural heritage values, better managing public recreational activities and allowing fire suppression activities.

  • The Wildlife Act 1975 establishes procedures to promote:

    • the protection and conservation of wildlife
    • the prevention of taxa of wildlife from becoming extinct
    • the sustainable use and access to wildlife

    The Act also prohibits and regulates the conduct of persons engaged in activities concerning or related to wildlife, including timber harvesting operations. The Wildlife Act 1975 includes various management provisions relating to wildlife including responsibilities, offences, licences and authorisations.

    Related regulations:

    • Wildlife (State Game Reserves) Regulations 2014
    • Wildlife Regulations 2013
    • Wildlife (Game) Regulations 2012
    • Wildlife (Marine Mammals) Regulations 2019
    • Wildlife (Tour Operator Licence Fee) Regulations 2011

Wildlife/biodiversity

  • Under the Conservation, Forests and Lands Act 1987 the Secretary to the Department of Environment Land, Water and Planning is responsible for providing a framework for land management systems in Victoria. The Act also includes administrative, financial and enforcement provisions necessary for the land management system.

    Related regulations:

    • Conservation, Forests and Lands (Contracts) Regulations 2010
    • Conservation, Forests and Lands (Infringement Notice) Regulations 2013
    • Conservation, Forests and Lands (Primary Industries Infringement Notices) Regulations 2013
  • The Crown Land (Reserves) Act 1978 provides for the reservation of Crown Land for various public purposes, including preserving areas of ecological significance and the development of public utilities. The Act also provides for the management of such reserved lands through powers, licences, offences and penalties. For example, the Act creates rights and responsibilities relating to the taking of firewood on crown land.

    Related regulations:

    • Crown Land (Reserves) (Domestic Firewood) Regulations 2012
    • Crown Land (Reserves) (Tour Operator Licence Fee) Regulations 2011
    • Crown land (Reserves) (Nature Conservation Reserve) Regulations 2004
  • The Flora and Fauna Guarantee Act 1988 (FFG Act) is the key piece of Victorian legislation for the conservation of threatened species and communities and for the management of potentially threatening processes.

    The FFG Act emphasises the importance of cooperative approaches to biodiversity conservation and recognises that all government agencies and the community need to participate in the conservation effort.

    It also creates a number of offences in relation to the illegal take of Protected Flora.

    Related regulations:

    • Flora and Fauna Guarantee Regulations 2020
  • The Forests Act 1958 provides for the management, maintenance, improvement and use of state forests. The Act is the legislative basis for the management of State Forests in Victoria. It is also the legislative basis for granting Forest Produce Licences under which timber harvesting operations can be authorised (outside of an Allocation Order under the SFT Act).

    The Forests Act 1958 also regulates the use of fire and the take and use of forest produce on public land.  This includes restrictions and offences relating to the use of campfires and the collection of firewood and other forest produce on public land.

    Related regulations:

    • Forests (Fire Protection) Regulations 2014
    • Forests (Domestic Firewood) Regulations 2012
    • Forests (Tour Operator Licence Fee) Regulations 2011
    • Forests (Licences and Permits) Regulations 2019
    • Forests (Recreation) Regulations 2010
  • The National Parks Act 1975 establishes the statutory basis for the protection, use and management for National and State parks in Victoria. This park system includes national parks, state parks, marine national parks and coastal parks, covering nearly 3.45 million hectares.

    The act provides for the preservation and protection of cultural heritage values and the natural environment in these areas. This includes the protection of flora and fauna and features of ecological, scenic, historic, and geological significance. In accordance with these considerations, the Act makes provision for the use of parks by the public for the purposes of enjoyment, recreation and education.

    Related regulations:

    • National Parks Regulations 2013
    • National Parks (Tour Operator Licence Fee) Regulations 2011
  • The Wildlife Act 1975 establishes procedures to promote:

    • the protection and conservation of wildlife
    • the prevention of taxa of wildlife from becoming extinct
    • the sustainable use and access to wildlife

    The Act also prohibits and regulates the conduct of persons engaged in activities concerning or related to wildlife, including timber harvesting operations. The Wildlife Act 1975 includes various management provisions relating to wildlife including responsibilities, offences, licences and authorisations.

    Related regulations:

    • Wildlife (State Game Reserves) Regulations 2014
    • Wildlife Regulations 2013
    • Wildlife (Game) Regulations 2012
    • Wildlife (Marine Mammals) Regulations 2019
    • Wildlife (Tour Operator Licence Fee) Regulations 2011

Fire prevention

  • The Forests Act 1958 provides for the management, maintenance, improvement and use of state forests. The Act is the legislative basis for the management of State Forests in Victoria. It is also the legislative basis for granting Forest Produce Licences under which timber harvesting operations can be authorised (outside of an Allocation Order under the SFT Act).

    The Forests Act 1958 also regulates the use of fire and the take and use of forest produce on public land. This includes restrictions and offences relating to the use of campfires and the collection of firewood and other forest produce on public land.

    Related regulations:

    • Forests (Fire Protection) Regulations 2014
    • Forests (Domestic Firewood) Regulations 2012
    • Forests (Tour Operator Licence Fee) Regulations 2011
    • Forests (Licences and Permits) Regulations 2019
    • Forests (Recreation) Regulations 2010
  • The National Parks Act 1975 establishes the statutory basis for the protection, use and management for National and State parks in Victoria. This park system includes national parks, state parks, marine national parks and coastal parks, covering nearly 3.45 million hectares.

    The act provides for the preservation and protection of cultural heritage values and the natural environment in these areas. This includes the protection of flora and fauna and features of ecological, scenic, historic, and geological significance. In accordance with these considerations, the Act makes provision for the use of parks by the public for the purposes of enjoyment, recreation and education.

    Related regulations:

    • National Parks Regulations 2013
    • National Parks (Tour Operator Licence Fee) Regulations 2011

Reviewed 26 April 2021

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