1Victorian Government – Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning
The Victorian coastline spans 2512 km, including extensive sandy beaches, rocky coasts, bays, estuaries and lagoon systems, wetlands and coastal floodplains. Original Custodians have a strong continuing connection with the coast, and for many Victorians, our marine and coastal environments underpin our way of life. Over 95 % of our coast is public (crown) land, which gives us a strong starting point to manage the landscape for future generations.
With a new Marine and Coastal Policy (2020) in place, and many adaptation initiatives underway across the State, Victoria has now also commenced the development of a statewide approach to long-term (2100+) coastal hazard resilience and adaptation.
Our statewide approach will seek to enable and support local government, land managers and communities with their next steps in adapting to the impacts of climate change on the coast.
We highlight some unique elements of our Victorian coast, and outline how Victoria’s approach is being informed by our new policy context, new research, and national experiences on what works well in an applied context.
Victoria’s approach will include a leading practice framework, guidelines and funding program to support coastal communities with long-term (2100 and beyond) adaptation planning and action, and to contribute to safeguarding our coastal and marine environment.
Dr Elisa Zavadil is a coastal adaptation specialist with the Victorian State Government, working in the area of coastal policy and climate change. She has a technical background in geomorphology, engineering and science and enjoys working with stakeholder groups to advance strategic planning for our catchments, waterways and coastlines.