The Department of Environment and Primary Industries is responsible for management of Victoria's public land. Covering over 4 million hectares, this includes parks and reserves, alpine resorts, and catchments.
Traditional owners have an active role in managing many parts of the state.
Victoria's public land estate includes places of diverse historical significance, from historic mining and saw mill sites in State forest, to historic court houses in our cities and towns. The preservation of these places adds to the cultural identity of our state and its citizens.
Reporting to the Minister for Environment, Climate Change and Water is the Victorian Environment Assessment Council, which conducts investigations as requested into the protection and ecologically sustainable management of the environment and natural resources of public land.
Volunteer committees of management are appointed by the Minister and also play an important role in managing over 1500 Crown land reserves. More information for committees of management on managing public land can be found here.