Conservation Regulator publications

Find the Conservation Regulator engagement strategy, compliance and enforcement policy, framework and priorities.

  • The Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP) has a wide range of regulatory responsibilities and is committed to carrying out these responsibilities to a high standard. Our goal is to maximise compliance with the law, reduce harm and provide benefits to the environment and our community.

    The DELWP Regulatory Framework describes the way we approach our regulatory responsibilities and sets out the DELWP's regulatory mission:

    To be an effective, trusted, best practice regulator.

    The framework also sets out the key principles for delivery of the Office of the Conservation Regulator regulatory functions:

    • outcome-focused
    • risk-based
    • intelligence-led and evidence based
    • proportionate and graduated
    • collaborative
    • transparent
    • safe

    Download the Regulatory Framework:

  • The Conservation Regulator Compliance and Enforcement policy is a key document supporting the implementation of the DELWP Regulatory Framework.

    It describes how we will apply the law and exercise judgement and discretion in our compliance and enforcement activities, in particular how we:

    • encourage voluntary compliance with the law
    • use a range of compliance and enforcement tools we have at our disposal
    • consider the extent of culpability and harm in our enforcement approach

    At the Conservation Regulator, we work with co-regulators, regulated entities and the community to improve compliance with the laws we have powers to administer. Our compliance strategy is based on these key approaches:

    • preventive work, such as raising awareness of the regulatory requirements and how to comply with them
    • monitoring and assessing compliance with regulatory requirements
    • taking action against non-compliance
    • responding to harmful events as they arise

    Our responses to non-compliance are considered and graduated depending on the circumstances.

    Download the Compliance and Enforcement policy:

  • We are committed to regulating in a way that is risk-based and intelligence-led and continues to engage with the community to improve compliance with the law.

    We face unique challenges in 2020-21 as our wildlife and communities recover from the devastation caused by the 2019-20 bushfires and the use of public land changes due to the COVID-19 pandemic and public health measures.

    Our key regulatory risk areas identified for 2020-21 are:

    • Illegal campfires
    • Illegal take of firewood
    • Illegal vehicle use on public land
    • regulating native timber harvesting
    • regulating the use, keeping, trade, treatment and control of wildlife (new for 2020-21)

    We are committed to working collaboratively and transparently with the community, co-regulators and stakeholders to improve conservation regulation in Victoria.

    We will use a range of tools to inform, educate, inspect, patrol and enforce regulatory protections to promote compliance over this financial year. We will measure our efforts and seek to learn from our approaches over time.

    Download regulatory priorities 2020-2021:

  • We will be transparent about how we regulate, improve our relationships with stakeholders, the community and those we regulate.

    This strategy supports our commitment to the DELWP Community Charter. It outlines, why we engage, who we engage with and how we engage.

    The strategy means we will engage with stakeholder to:

    • identify priorities
    • design regulatory interventions
    • supporting all stakeholders to comply with the law

    We will do this through planned consultations, workshops and events, and everyday interactions.

    Download the engagement strategy:

  • One-DELWP: Strategic Framework provides the building blocks for our department's strategic and delivery plans. The framework ensures ​we have a future direction and clear outcomes for Victorians and how we will assess our progress.


  • The Conservation Regulator has published its first Year in Review 2019-2020 which outlines the progress we have made in our first full year of operation from 1 July 2019 to 30 June 2020.

    The Year in Review: 2019-20 describes the progress towards our regulatory priorities for 2019-20, and our key achievements in this year.

    Our first year has been filled with progress across our key regulatory priorities while also being responsive to the challenges that the last 12 months brought including the 2019-2020 bushfire season and COVID-19.

    We would like to thank our regulatory partners and stakeholders for their contributions in helping to establish and progress the priorities of the Conservation Regulator in our first full year of operations

Reviewed 26 April 2021

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