Written by Traditional Owners, the Victorian Cultural Landscapes Strategy will set out how Traditional Owners can lead planning and management of Country in line with cultural obligations to care for Country.

The Cultural Landscapes Strategy will serve a vitally important role in providing direction to the Victorian Government about how to enable Traditional Owner self-determination in land management.

The aspirations outlined in the Cultural Landscapes Strategy will underpin two key and complementary land management strategies currently in development - Parks Victoria’s Land Management Strategy* and the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning’s (DELWP’s) State Forest Management Strategy*. Together these three strategies will guide forest and parks management decisions across the State.

The Federation of Victorian Traditional Owner Corporations is facilitating development of the Cultural Landscapes Strategy with Traditional Owner Corporations and Traditional Owner knowledge holders. Its development is being supported by DELWP and Parks Victoria and is an important step towards building partnership in land management with Traditional Owners as is the Victorian Government’s commitment.

The Cultural Landscapes Strategy will be released in 2020.

*Draft strategy will be available for public consultation in the coming months.

Frequently Asked Questions

The Traditional Owner Cultural Landscapes Strategy will present a framework for how Traditional Owners can lead the planning and management of Country in line with their cultural obligations to care for Country for cultural, environmental and economic benefit. It will provide direction to the Victorian Government about how it can support this work and identifies existing barriers to address. This is a Traditional Owner authored document that will be released in 2020.

In line with the Victorian Government's commitment to self-determination, DELWP and Parks Victoria recognise that Traditional Owners will determine their own land management goals and pathways to reaching those goals.

‘Cultural Landscape’ refers to the dynamic interactions between people and Country and include the natural environment, the spiritual and traditional knowledge of that environment, and the cultural practices and activities applied there. These are the ‘planning units’ of choice for Traditional Owners.

Cultural Landscapes are holistic and reflect the management and modification of Country over many thousands of generations for the benefit of all. Cultural Landscapes can be both material and symbolic and include Traditional Owner societies’ unique worldview, sense of being, history, institutions, practices and the networks of relationships between human, animals, plants, ancestors, Songlines, physical structures, trade routes and other significant cultural connections to Country.

There are many Cultural Landscapes that extend across Victoria and Australia.

The Cultural Landscapes Strategy is being written by Victorian Traditional Owners. DELWP and Parks Victoria are supporting this work. It is being facilitated through the Federation of Victorian Traditional Owner Corporations.

Development of the Cultural Landscapes Strategy is part of the current major program of forest and land management reform in Victoria.

The aspirations outlined in the Cultural Landscapes Strategy will underpin two key and complementary land management strategies - Parks Victoria’s Land Management Strategy and the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning’s State Forest Management Strategy.  Together these three strategies will guide forest and parks management decisions across the State.

For more information about this work please email future.forests@delwp.vic.gov.au

Page last updated: 03/06/20