Information for Committees of Management
Official information and advice about coronavirus (COVID-19), including directions about current social and recreational restrictions that Committees of Management must comply with, is available on the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) website.
Committees of Management should check the DHHS web site on a regular basis as the situation is very dynamic; advice and directions will change as circumstances change. It is important to reduce the risk of transmission of the virus in the Victorian community.
If you would like to discuss aspects of managing Crown land call 136 186 to be put through to the DELWP Regional Manager Land and Built Environment in your part of the State.
It is essential that Committees of Management managing caravan parks and camping grounds are aware of the following information.
Frequently asked questions for land managers
- Changes to public health directions for Crown Land Managers (DOCX, 279.8 KB)
- Eased restrictions around activities and events (DOCX, 329.2 KB)
- Eased restrictions around boating and fishing (DOCX, 117.2 KB)
- Eased restrictions around hunting (DOCX, 120.1 KB)
- Public health directions for caravan parks and camping grounds (DOCX, 112.6 KB)
All beaches are open and are accessible for exercise. Groups must be limited to no more than 10, and physical distancing of 1.5 metres must be maintained.
For more information please visit the marine and coastal website.
Information for Caravan Park and Camping Ground Owners and Operators
As directed by Victoria's Chief Health Officer Victoria, campsites, caravan parks and camping grounds are now closed to visitors. Please refer to the direction of the Chief Health Officer
Compliance with this direction is enforceable under section 203 of the Public Health and Wellbeing Act 2008 and penalties apply.
Persons who need to retrieve belongings from closed caravan parks and camping grounds will need to contact the land manager/operator who will stage retrieval to ensure compliance with public health measures. Signage should be displayed at the road entrances and on main buildings indicating the park or camping ground is closed.
- Beach is now open signage (PDF, 57.5 KB)
- Site is closed to camping signage (PDF, 61.4 KB)
- Public land is now open to day use activities signage (PDF, 58.4 KB)
- Facility is closed signage (PDF, 61.1 KB)
- Facility is open signage (PDF, 57.0 KB)
- Playground is closed signage (PDF, 62.1 KB)
- Skatepark is closed signage (PDF, 62.0 KB)
- Equipment is closed signage (PDF, 62.1 KB)
- Signage for boat ramps, jetties and recreational boating and fishing (PDF, 1.1 MB)
Role of committees of management
Victoria's approximately 1,200 committees of management (CoMs) of Crown land reserves perform a valuable community service.
The role of the CoMs under the Crown Land Reserves Act (1978) is to “manage, improve, maintain and control” Crown land reserves that have been set aside for the benefit of the people of Victoria.
The reserves support a broad range of amenities and uses such as public halls, showgrounds, gardens, bushland, caravan parks, foreshores, sporting facilities, playgrounds, swimming pools, walking tracks and rail trails.
DELWP provides the guidance below to assist committees to perform their role. Committees can also contact their local DELWP regional office or phone the customer contact centre on 136 186.
Who is this guidance for?
The guidance on this page is suitable for all committees of management, as set out in the table below.
Committees of management guidelines
Small committees that manage a reserve for their local community (category 3)
- This page is your one-stop-shop.
- You only need to visit other On Board support modules if a link is given.
Large committees that manage reserves of regional or state-wide significance (category 1 and 2)
- Your committee has additional obligations
- Also see the guidance and model policies in other support modules (e.g. conflict of interest)
The committees of management guidelines assist committees to manage their reserve.
This is the full 2020 guidelines. See the individual chapters below.
|01 - About these guidelines (DOCX, 193.5 KB)|
|02 - About committees of management (DOCX, 211.2 KB)|
|03 - Appointment and end of term (DOCX, 217.9 KB)|
|04 - Meetings (DOCX, 235.7 KB)|
|05 - Standards of conduct (DOCX, 208.9 KB)|
|06 - Good work practices (DOCX, 910.5 KB)|
|07 - Management and business plans (DOCX, 222.6 KB)|
|08 – Day-to-day management (DOCX, 205.6 KB)|
|09 - Developing the reserve (DOCX, 201.2 KB)|
|10 - Lease and license (DOCX, 210.4 KB)|
|11 - Risk (DOCX, 260.2 KB)|
|12 - Insurance (DOCX, 230.4 KB)|
|13 - Employees (DOCX, 205.5 KB)|
|14 - Hiring contractors (DOCX, 196.7 KB)|
|15 - Volunteers (DOCX, 199.5 KB)|
|16 - Annual reporting (DOCX, 193.3 KB)|
|17 - Finances (DOCX, 196.6 KB)|
Each year the department requests an annual return from committees pursuant to the Crown Land (Reserves) Act.
Annual return template – category 3
This is the annual return template which your category 3 committee fills in and returns to the department each year.
Annual return template – category 2
For convenience, the template for category 2 committees is also provided here.
DELWP has developed a Categorisation Framework which sets out the categories of committees that the department oversees and supports on behalf of the minister.
This document is for background interest only. Your committee does not need to read it.
What category is my committee?
Almost all CoMs are small (category 3) committees. They are elected by their local community and appointed to manage a reserve of local significance.
Your committee can check with its local DELWP office about which category it falls into.
Unless your committee does any of the following, it will usually be a small (category 3) committee:
- manages annual revenue of more than $250,000
- has a cash balance of more than $250,000 current for three consecutive years
- manages crown land of regional or state-wide significance (as determined by DELWP)
- manages coastal land
- has been advised by DELWP that it is a category 1 or 2 committee (e.g. because it is managing a large development)
- fits the category 4 criteria (e.g. some committees that are incorporated associations).
These guidance notes:
- should be read by all new committee members
- will help experienced committee members to keep up-to-date
- are useful for anyone thinking of joining a committee.
Help from DELWP
Lists the key guidance notes, model policies, guidelines and other resources available from DELWP to assist you and your committee.
Meetings and decisions
An easy-to-read guide on:
- how committee meetings must be conducted
- how decisions must be made.
Conflict of Interest
An easy-to-read guide on:
- how to recognise conflicts of interest
- how they must be declared and managed.
Code of conduct (including gifts)
Committee members must maintain certain ethical standards. For example, if a member is offered a gift as a result of their role.
If a committee has members who cannot work together this needs to be resolved.
As well as reading the guidance notes, you may find it useful to watch DELWP’s induction video for small committees.
The department provides public liability, professional indemnity and group personal accident insurance cover for committees. Please refer to chapter 11 of the Committees of management responsibilities and good practice guidelines (above) for details.
Certificates of currency for these insurances are provided below.
Public liability – certificate of currency
Professional indemnity insurance – certificate of currency
Group personal accident insurance – certificate of currency
Crown land is leased and licensed to enable communities to use, benefit from and enjoy Crown land including recreational, cultural, sporting and commercial uses.
There are two types of tenure that a committee can issue:
- A lease is for the exclusive use of part or all of a reserve. It is suitable where large facilities are being used entirely for a particular group, such as social clubrooms.
- Licences are for non-exclusive use of part or all of a reserve. They are suitable where there are many users of the reserve who need regular access, for example, several sporting clubs that want to use the oval of a reserve at different times.
Lease proposals require the in-principle approval of the Minister (or delegate) before negotiations begin and must comply with DELWP requirements. In the first instance, discuss the details of any proposed lease or licence with the local DELWP office or call the DELWP Customer Contact Centre on 136 186.
The Leasing Policy for Crown land in Victoria 2018 andDELWP Crown Land Leasing Guidelines 2012 provides more information on leasing Crown land, while General Crown Land Licencesprovides more information on licensing Crown land.
DELWP’s publishes newsletters with tips, advice, and news for committees. You can:
- download previous newsletters
- subscribe to receive future newsletters electronically (they are usually published biannually in March and September). Email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please note that although some of the electronic links in the newsletters may no longer be current the articles will still be of interest.
Your committee must have certain policies in place as outlined below. It can do so by simply adopting these DELWP model policies.
Meetings and decisions
Conflict of Interest
Code of conduct (including gifts)
Caravan and camping parks on Crown land
Additional resources are available for specific types of committees, for example, best practice guidelines for Caravan and camping parks on Crown land. It is important to note that these guidelines are in addition to the Committees of management responsibilities and good practice guidelines (see above), which are relevant to all committees.
Standing for election to Parliament or a local council
If you are considering standing for election to Parliament, important legal considerations apply because of your public sector appointment as a committee member. Considerations may also apply if you decide to stand for local council. See DELWP’s guidance note on this topic.
Page last updated: 18/05/20