Improving conservation regulation

The Office of the Conservation Regulator (OCR) oversees regulatory functions in conservation and environment, including:

  • priority setting for regulatory activities
  • informing and educating about the law
  • providing clear standards and guidance
  • monitoring compliance and enforcing the law.

Established in early 2019, the OCR will lift regulatory performance, ensuring DELWP has the tools, systems and structures to be a best practice regulator.

Photo of Coast Range Road, running through an old growth forest in East Gippsland.

For more information about the Office of the Conservation Regulator, please see our OCR factsheet (PDF, 301.2 KB) (accessibility version (DOCX, 268.8 KB)).

Working with the community

The OCR will work with the Victorian community, fellow regulators, Traditional Owners, business and environment groups to ensure Victoria’s environment is protected and managed for current and future generations.

Early priorities of the OCR will include:

  • being clear on DELWPs regulatory purpose and approach
  • clearly outlining the scope and sanctions of laws we oversee
  • providing greater transparency and engagement opportunities with the Victorian community.

It will canvass diverse expertise to ensure the OCR is a best practice regulator that the Victorian community can have confidence in. 

We are currently seeking expressions of interest for our Stakeholder Reference Group

The OCR is reforming regulation at DELWP to become an effective, trusted best practice regulator of the Victorian community and environment. The Stakeholder Reference Group is being developed to support the Chief Conservation Regulator and enable regular discussion and feedback on the OCR’s regulatory activities with an early focus of establishment of the office.

Stakeholder Reference Group Terms of Reference (PDF, 278.5 KB)

If you or the organisation you represent are interested in participating in the Stakeholder Reference Group, you can email us at before 15 May 2019 for more information about the Expression of Interest process.

Chief Conservation Regulator

A recruitment process to appoint Victoria’s first Chief Conservation Regulator is underway.

Environmental regulation of timber harvesting

In 2018 DELWP, at the request of the Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change, commissioned an independent review of its timber harvesting regulations.

The review recommendations went beyond DELWP’s role in timber harvesting regulation to encompass all regulation undertaken by DELWP. The panel made 14 recommendations, which have been accepted in full. A copy of the report on the Independent Review of Timber Harvesting Regulation and DELWP’s response are available on the Forests and Reserves website.

Click here to go to the Forests and Reserves website

For more information, please see our Independent Review of Timber Harvesting Regulation Factsheet (PDF, 712.4 KB) (accessibility version (DOCX, 1.9 MB)).

We are currently seeking your feedback on a draft Statement of Regulatory Intent for Timber Harvesting

This Statement describes what we regulate for timber harvesting and what people can expect from the OCR as a regulator. You can provide your comments via a survey or by submission on the EngageVic website until 17 May 2019.

Click here to go to the survey or make a submission on EngageVic

To contact the OCR, please email

Page last updated: 17/04/19