Through diverse responsibilities in planning and urban development, local government, environment, energy, suburban development, forests, emergency management, climate change and water, we work to strengthen the connections between the environment, community, industry and economy.

Find out how:

Community Charter

Our community charter is our promise that we will put the community at the centre of everything we do: that we will be available; speak and listen; and take action.

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Diversity and inclusion

We recognise that communities are diverse and we are committed to building an inclusive workplace that utilises the full potential of employees, embraces difference and uses diversity of thought as a catalyst for innovation and improved service delivery for Victorian communities.

Water for Victoria

Water for Victoria is the Government’s long-term direction for managing our precious water resources. After extensive community consultation, this plan was developed to help us to prepare for a future with less water and supports a healthy environment, a prosperous economy, Aboriginal values, and thriving communities.

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Liveability Victoria International

Victoria’s liveability is among the best in the world. Home to spectacular natural beauty, world-class healthcare, high quality education and vibrant cities and towns, Victoria is a leader in liveability. Victoria's international reputation for clean environments and urban liveability presents major opportunities to export our services and expertise to the world's growing cities.

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Plan Melbourne

By 2050, Melbourne will need to be a more sustainable and resilient city that manages its land, biodiversity, water, energy and waste resources in a much more integrated way. To respond to the challenge of climate change and ensure Melbourne becomes more sustainable as it grows, a green economy needs to emerge—built around renewable energy, environmentally sustainable development and resource recovery.

Read more about how Plan Melbourne will guide the growth of our city over the next 35 years.

Protecting Victoria’s Environment – Biodiversity 2037

Protecting Victoria’s Environment – Biodiversity 2037 is Victoria’s plan to stop the decline of our native plants and animals and improve our natural environment so it is healthy, valued and actively cared for. The plan was developed in consultation with the community, and provides a modern and effective approach to protecting and managing our vibrant natural environment.

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Climate Change Adaptation Plan

Adapting to the impacts of climate change and managing current and future risks is critical to building resilience in our communities, and securing a healthy and prosperous future for all Victorians. The Climate Change Adaptation Plan 2017-2020 lays out the government's plan of action for the next four years, to help Victorians meet the challenges and act on the opportunities of climate change.

Read more about Victoria’s Climate Change Adaptation Plan 2017 – 2020

Fishermans Bend Vision

Fishermans Bend, on the Melbourne city fringe, is Australia’s largest urban renewal project. By 2050, it’s expected house 80,000 residents and employment for up to 60,000 people. An integrated infrastructure plan is being developed that will look at opportunities to embed smart city thinking into the design and operation of infrastructure to manage utilities and resources more efficiently and support increased resilience.

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Implementing the New Urban Agenda

Plan Melbourne will implement the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals and the New Urban Agenda. The New Urban Agenda conference brought people together to explore these goals and the best ways to achieve success, including strong leadership, governance and partnerships, as well as collaboration between government, the private sector, academic, community and other groups.

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Sustainable growth and suburban development

Victoria is innovating in the way services and infrastructure are delivered to ensure sustainable growth in Melbourne’s suburbs. The Office of Suburban Development portfolio was created to establish a Metropolitan Partnership approach for Melbourne’s six metro regions, bringing together local government, industry and the community sector to advise on initiatives that will attract investment, create jobs and improve liveability.

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Know Your Council

The Know Your Council website provides a public-facing user-friendly platform for Local Government performance data gathered by Local Government Victoria as part of the Local Government Performance Reporting Framework.

Runner up in the Government 2.0 category of the 2016 Australian government ICT Awards, and was short-listed for the 2016 IPAA Prime Ministers Awards for Excellence.

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Revitalising Central Geelong

The Revitalising Central Geelong Action Plan sets out a 10-year agenda of initiatives to turn central Geelong into a magnet for new jobs and sustainable growth. The plan focuses on people living and working in the city, the creation of construction and ongoing jobs, demand for retail and services, new development opportunities and building private sector confidence to invest in the city.

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States and Territories Climate Leadership Declaration

Victorian Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change Lily D'Ambrosio, Queensland Deputy Premier Jackie Trad, South Australian Minister for Climate Change Ian Hunter and ACT Minister for Climate Change and Sustainability Shane Rattenbury signed a Climate Leadership Declaration which includes a commitment to help Australia meet its obligations under the Paris Agreement and to achieve net zero emissions in their jurisdictions by 2050. The Declaration emphasises the important role of Australia’s States and Territories in climate change action, and the economic benefits such action will bring. The Declaration sets out collaborative actions to be pursued by the parties, and welcomes an invitation from the Governor of California, Jerry Brown, to share California’s experience in combatting climate change while growing a clean energy economy.

The Declaration was signed at a meeting with the former US Vice President, Al Gore, that took place alongside the EcoCity World Summit in Melbourne on 13 July 2017.

Read more about the Climate Leadership Declaration