Biodiversity Response Planning Projects

Eighty-five new projects for on-ground biodiversity action worth $33.67 million, and four new projects for Marine Environment Targeted Action worth $1.1 million have been announced for funding through Biodiversity Response Planning. Funded projects will be delivered over three years, commencing in 2018-2019 through to 2021.

These projects are part of the $86.3 million investment to implement Protecting Victoria’s Environment – Biodiversity 2037 over the first four years of the plan.

The proposed package of projects was assessed on their ability to maximise net outcomes for biodiversity and make progress towards the state-wide targets associated with the Biodiversity 2037 goal of ‘Victoria’s natural environment is healthy’.

See the full list of Biodiversity Response Planning projects.

Projects announced for funding through Biodiversity Response Planning are displayed on the map below. This map allows you to explore all funded projects across Victoria by relevant geographic area. More information on each of the 11 BRP geographic areas and the process used to develop projects is available through the links on the left.

Frequently Asked Questions

Biodiversity Response Planning (BRP) is a new area-based planning approach to biodiversity conservation in Victoria; designed to strengthen alignment, collaboration and participation between government agencies, Traditional Owners, non-government agencies (NGOs) and the community. BRP aims to progressively deliver a collective area-based response to the state-wide targets in Biodiversity 2037 (i.e. what should and could be done to contribute to the targets) commencing with collaborative project planning in the first half of 2018.

Victoria has been divided into 11 geographical areas for BRP. Working Groups were established for each area that included up to 15 stakeholders who have experience and knowledge of biodiversity planning and/or projects across the geographical area. Each Working Group was coordinated and supported by an Area Lead and Partnership Facilitator. Further information about Working Groups can be found on the relevant BRP area pages [links to the left]. 

Each Working Group was provided an indicative allocation of funding and were asked to recommend a package of projects to be funded within that area.Map of the Biodiversity Response Planning areas

Working Groups used the latest science embedded in the Strategic Management Prospects tool and their own local knowledge, to identify priority landscapes or themes. Projects were then developed by interested stakeholders, including community members, within these priority landscapes or themes. Projects were assessed and ranked by Working Groups. Additional projects were directed to a statewide pool of funding and were assessed by an independent panel.

The Working Group and Independent Panel assessed projects against published criteria and provided their recommendations in June 2018 to DELWP for approval of project funding.

The criteria used for assessing proposed projects can be found below:

Biodiversity Response Planning - Guidance Note and Project Criteria for Working Groups (PDF, 319.2 KB)

Biodiversity Response Planning - Guidance Note and Project Criteria for Working Groups (accessible version) (DOCX, 369.8 KB)

BRP Frequently Asked Questions - Project development and delivery

The implementation of the Biodiversity Response Planning approach, including determination of geographic areas, was co-designed in late 2017 with over 100 stakeholders involved in on-ground biodiversity.

A series of workshops were held over October and November 2017. The first workshop was for Traditional Owners to provide their perspectives and identify key issues to be carried through the remainder of the co-design workshops. The remainder of the workshops included approximately 50 organisations and community groups/networks from across government and non-government, including some Traditional Owner organisations.

The outcomes of the co-design set the overall approach of BRP. This was documented in the Biodiversity Response Planning Co-design Overview Report which has been endorsed by the overarching Steering Committee.

Co-design overview report
(PDF, 2.1 MB)

Co-design overview report (accessible version)
(DOCX, 4.3 MB)

The BRP stakeholder co-design report sets out the general approach for future phases of BRP and this will be used to guide its implementation, in conjunction with the results of the BRP Phase 1 evaluation.

The evaluation of this initial phase of Biodiversity Response Planning has commenced, led by an independent evaluation expert. This process will be an opportunity for participants and interested stakeholders to share their perspectives on what worked well and what did not. This will help us to make improvements to the delivery of BRP in 2019 and beyond.  

A report from the evaluation will be publicly available later in the year. To allow the evaluation to be fully incorporated into future planning, we will not commence work on subsequent phases of Biodiversity Response Planning until the evaluation of Phase 1 has concluded.  

For more information about the evaluation process and how to participate, please check this web page or contact biodiversity.plan@delwp.gov.vic.au.

Further information

To find out more about Biodiversity Response Planning including how to get involved, contact the DELWP Customer Contact Centre on 136 186 between 8:30am and 5:00pm Monday to Friday.