Parks Victoria

Parks Victoria is a government agency of the state of Victoria, Australia.

Parks Victoria
Agency overview
FormedDecember 12, 1996 (1996-12-12)[1]
JurisdictionGovernment of Victoria[1]
HeadquartersLevel 10, 535 Bourke Street, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia [1]
Coordinates: 37°48′57.4″S 144°57′28.1″E / 37.815944°S 144.957806°E / -37.815944; 144.957806
MottoHealthy Parks, Healthy People[1]
Employees968 (June 2017)[1]
Minister responsible
Agency executive
  • Matthew Jackson[2], Chief Executive Officer

Parks Victoria was established in December 1996 as a statutory authority, reporting to the Victorian Minister for Environment and Climate Change. The Parks Victoria Act 2018[3] updates the previous act, Parks Victoria Act 1998. Under the new Act Parks Victoria is responsible for managing over '...4 million hectares including 3,000 land and marine parks and reserves making up 18 per cent of Victoria’s landmass, 75 per cent of Victoria’s wetlands and 70 per cent of Victoria’s coastline'.[4]

For a list of parks and other sites managed by Parks Victoria, see Protected areas of Victoria.


Parks Victoria replaced many of the functions and absorbed the staff of the then Department of Natural Resources and Environment (which managed National and State parks) and Melbourne Parks & Waterways[5], which itself was originally part of the former Melbourne and Metropolitan Board of Works, which mostly managed urban parklands, some of which were formerly MMBW facilities, such as Braeside Park.[6]

The Department of Natural Resources and Environment itself was part of a succession of government departments, originating back to a number of entities including the Forests Commission Victoria, the Crown Lands and Survey Department, National Park Service, Soil Conservation Authority and Fisheries and Wildlife Service.[7]

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See alsoEdit


  1. ^ a b c d e f "Parks Victoria Annual Report 2016–17" (PDF). Government of Victoria. 2017. pp. 1, 4, 8, 9, 36 & 38. Retrieved 18 January 2018.
  2. ^ "Annual Report 2018-19 Parks Victoria". Parks Victoria. Retrieved 2 February 2020.
  3. ^ "Parks Victoria Act 2018" (PDF). Victorian Legislation and Parliamentary Documents. Retrieved 2 February 2020.
  4. ^ "About Us". Parks Victoria. Retrieved 2 February 2020.
  5. ^ Parks Victoria Act 1998
  6. ^ Land Ownership of Braeside Park,, accessed January 2020.
  7. ^ Gillespie J & Wright J (1993). A Fraternity of Foresters. A history of the Victorian State Foresters Association. Jim Crowe Press. pp. 149 pp. ISBN 978-0646169286.

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