Secretary John Bradley

Victoria is in a period of dynamic change and uncertainty. Together we face a range of challenges resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic, along with intersecting pressures of climate change, technological change and shifting stakeholder and community expectations.

The Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP) brings its collective expertise to these challenges and works to deliver our vision of thriving environments and communities.

The Corporate Plan 2021-25 describes what we will deliver over the next four years and how we will evaluate our performance. It highlights our focus on putting the community at the centre of everything we do.

This Plan describes how we will deliver historic investments of an additional $4.3 billion over the last two State Budgets while recognising the constraints and challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic on our people.

This investment underscores the opportunity we have to deliver key priorities for the government and the Victorian community, which will support the state’s recovery from the impacts of COVID-19.

There are silver linings to disruptions from COVID-19 – we have learned a lot together about staying connected, working digitally and using flexible work practices. We are focused on applying these lessons as we shape our workplaces of the future.

The Corporate Plan 2021-25 is based on our organisational pillars and links them to four significant strategic medium-term government priorities: Economic Recovery, Aboriginal Self-Determination; Climate Change; and Disaster Recovery.

DELWP’s key priorities include:

  • Major reforms in the energy, planning and waste sectors
  • Implementing Victoria’s Climate Change Strategy
  • Enabling Aboriginal self-determination
  • Improving the health of Victoria’s waterways and catchments
  • Bushfire management and supporting recovery from natural disasters.

The Plan also places our work globally, linking our objectives with the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and their associated 169 targets.

These goals and targets support the United Nations’ ambitious 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development – an action plan that provides a transparent and globally accepted framework which we are using to measure our contribution to sustainable development locally and globally.

I’d like to acknowledge that all of the work we do at DELWP occurs on the lands and waterways of its Traditional Owners – and this Plan underscores our commitment to meaningful partnerships in accordance with our self-determination strategy Pupangarli Marnmarnepu.

All of us in the department look forward to collaborating with our community, colleagues, and partners across the state in the delivery of this Plan, united in our vision for thriving environments and communities.

John Bradley

Page last updated: 31/08/21