Biodiversity Response Planning aims to progressively deliver a coordinated, area-based response to the state-wide targets set out in Biodiversity 2037.

Phase 1 (February to June 2018) will focus on collaborative project planning that will commit $35.6 million for on-ground biodiversity actions and $2.5 million for marine-targeted actions. These projects will be delivered across three years, commencing in the 2018-19 financial year.

Phase 2 will build on this collaborative planning through broader community and stakeholder engagement for each area starting in late 2018.

From 2018, Biodiversity Response Planning will be the primary investment mechanism for on-ground biodiversity; transitioning from current funding streams (e.g. Community and Volunteer Action Grants).

Biodiversity Response Planning areas

Map of the Biodiversity Response Planning areas

Victoria has been divided into 11 geographical areas for Biodiversity Response Planning. Each area has been determined with reference to biophysical characteristics and organisational arrangements, through a stakeholder co-design process.

Working groups that include government and non-government partners and stakeholders will be established for each area. Each working group will be coordinated and supported by an Area Lead and Partnership Facilitator.

The initial task of each working group is to develop a prioritised list of on-ground projects for each area, up to an indicative allocation of funding, and put these forward to DELWP by the end of May 2018 for potential investment. Successful projects for each area will be announced later in 2018.

Projects will be developed by interested stakeholders, including community members, within priority landscapes or themes determined by working groups. Projects will be assessed on how well they contribute to the targets of Biodiversity 2037 under the goal "Victoria's natural environment is healthy".

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Each Working Group is responsible for:

  • Determination of priority landscapes or themes across the geographical area;
  • A process to engage stakeholders within these priority landscapes/themes to develop projects;
  • Assessing and ranking the projects using standard criteria and putting forward a package of priority projects to DELWP by end May 2018 for potential investment, including identification of additional projects recommended for consideration by an Independent Panel.

The Working Group will use the latest science embedded in the Strategic Management Prospects tool and their own local knowledge, to identify priority landscapes or themes for each area.

With the assistance of the Partnerships Facilitators, they will then engage with a range of interested stakeholders, including community members, to develop projects that most cost-effectively deliver improved biodiversity outcomes within those landscapes or themes. These projects will be strategic, collaborative, respond to the state-wide targets and area priorities, and will be informed by the decision-support tool Strategic Management Prospects (SMP).

Each Working Group will be provided an indicative allocation of funding (70% of available budget) and will be asked to recommend a package of projects to be funded within that area. Working Groups can also put forward additional projects as part of the state-wide funding pool to be assessed competitively by an independent panel; these represent 30% of the available budget.

All project recommendations from Working Groups and Independent Panel will be provided to the Executive Director, Biodiversity Division, DELWP for final approval.

DELWP invests in a range of environmental improvement initiatives. The BRP process in 2017-18 will provide investment for on-ground biodiversity management actions, primarily associated with the terrestrial and marine environments. There are currently other processes for the aquatic environment (current funding under Healthy Waterways Strategy): BRP would only include actions related to the aquatic environment if outside the scope of these existing investment streams.

DELWP is looking for projects that maximise net outcomes for biodiversity and respond to the state-wide targets associated with the Biodiversity 2037 goal of ‘Victoria’s natural environment is healthy’. Projects should be strategic, collaborative, and respond to the thematic or landscape priorities that will be determined by the Working Groups. Most projects will be three years in duration, from 2018-19 to 2020-21. DELWP’s Strategic Management Prospects tool will be used to inform assessment of cost-effective project actions supplemented by local knowledge.

The criteria for assessing proposed projects can be found in the report 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)

The Area Lead for each Biodiversity Response Planning Area is responsible for establishing the Working Group. Membership is guided by the following principles:

  • Experience designing and delivering on-ground biodiversity projects in Victoria.
  • Knowledge of Biodiversity 2037 and other strategies relevant to biodiversity management in Victoria, strong knowledge of other organisation’s strategic plans is valuable.
  • A mix of government and non-government organisations that reflects the range of stakeholders active in biodiversity planning and management across the area
  • Ability to share knowledge of new and emerging tools and to assist decision-making and investment opportunities.  Understanding and ability to consider the whole geographical area including the biophysical characteristics and organisational dynamics.
  • Experience working with a range of stakeholders and contractors in the biodiversity sector.
  • Can share a range of interests and viewpoints on biodiversity and the challenges in an area.
  • All Traditional Owner Groups for an area have the opportunity to be members.

The Working Groups will be established in February and meet three (or sometimes four) times across March to May. Targeted community and stakeholder activities will take place in between meetings, focussed on project development.

Projects will be assessed for DELWP funding following submissions at the end of May 2018. Projects will be three years in duration. Funded projects for each area will be announced later in 2018.

Once projects are underway, the Working Groups will meet again later in 2018 to evaluate the BRP process to date.

Phase 2 will build on initial collaborative planning through broader community and stakeholder engagement for each area starting in late-2018.

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.

The outcomes of the co-design set the overall approach of BRP. Further detail is available in the report below:

Co-design overview report
(PDF, 2.1 MB)

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

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.