Implementing Victoria’s Marine and Coastal Policy by developing the first Marine and Coastal Strategy

Ms Rebecca Price1

1Department Of Environment Land Water And Planning, Melbourne , Australia


The presentation will outline the process and learnings from the development of Victoria’s first Marine and Coastal Policy  prepared under the Marine and Coastal Act 2018.  This whole of Victorian government policy guides decision makers to meet the objectives and guiding principles of the Act.

The policy builds on the strengths of previous  Victorian Coastal Strategies and includes new and important policy directions:

–             recognising and respecting Traditional Owners’ rights, aspirations and knowledge;

–              improved guidance and direction on planning for climate change; and

–              a much-needed focus on the marine environment, including Victoria’s first marine spatial planning framework to manage new and competing uses in the marine environment.


Rebecca is currently Principal Policy Officer Land Management Policy Division in the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP) based in Melbourne and working on Victoria’s marine and coastal planning and management reforms.

Rebecca has over 20 years experience in coastal management, planning and Policy development in Victoria.  Over that time Rebecca has been responsible for the leadership and delivery of strategy, guidelines and legislation for Victoria’s marine and coastal areas.   These include development of the Marine and Coastal Act 2108, the Marine and Coastal Reforms Transition Plan and development of the Marine and Coastal Policy.