We work with portfolio partners, local communities, and external stakeholders to develop effective, evidence-based policies, programs and regulatory responses for:

  • environment protections
  • waste resource recovery and recycling
  • ecosystem resilience
  • native vegetation management
  • threatened species
  • land management practices.

Reduce the harmful effects of pollution and waste on human health and the environment

We will:

  • reduce waste generation and waste disposal to landfill, and increase resource recovery, to boost Victoria’s economic productivity and competitiveness
  • implement regulatory and governance frameworks and lead policy reforms to protect the health of Victorians and the liveability of Victoria
Outcome measuresResult 20-21Target 21-22
Reduction in pollutants from priority hotspots 8Annual target not available
Waste generation per capita (one-year lag) *1.24 tonnesAnnual target not available
Proportion of waste diverted from landfill (one-year lag) 70%70%

* Municipal solid waste and commercial and industrial waste – excludes construction and demolition waste

Secure a net improvement in the outlook for species

We will:

  • review Victorian legislation to enable proactive management and conservation of threatened species and ensure native vegetation is sensibly protected
  • use the best available information for decision making by undertaking best practice science, supporting citizen science and providing improved access to information
  • work to co-design and implement biodiversity response planning and fund on ground actions in partnership with communities, land managers, Traditional Owners and natural resource management agencies
Outcome measures Result 20-21 Target 21-22
Percentage change in suitable habitat (on average) in 50 years for all species 10%Annual target not available
Hectares of weed control in priority locations160,000 hectares140,000 hectares
Hectares of pest predator control in priority locations 700,000 hectares400,000 hectares
Hectares of pest herbivore control in priority locations 700,000 hectares500,000 hectares
Hectares of revegetation in priority locations for habitat connectivity (cumulative)79 hectares1,000 hectares
Hectares of newly permanently protected areas of native vegetation on private land (cumulative)400 hectares800 hectares

Increase Victorians valuing nature

We will:

  • partner with the Department of Health, Parks Victoria, the community and our stakeholders to implement the Victorian Memorandum for health and nature through projects that enable more Victorians to connect with and be active in the natural environment
  • partner with the community and our stakeholders to ensure that Victorians have opportunities to connect with nature, value our environment and continue to gain environmental, social and economic benefits from it
  • implement a risk-based, intelligence-led regulation and compliance approach to protect Victoria’s natural assets and resources
Outcome measures Result 20-21 Target 21-22
Participation in community-based environmental programs 40,000 50,000
Number of volunteer hours across all Victorian environmental volunteering programs2.6 million2.904 million

Page last updated: 29/03/23