Wind energy amendments
Amendment VC157 (gazetted 15 March 2019) changes the Victoria Planning Provisions and all planning schemes so that a planning permit is required for a power line or substation required to connect an energy generation facility (including a wind farm) to the electricity network. This does not apply to generators that had planning approval prior to gazettal of the amendment.
Feedback is being sought until 16 March 2020 on the operation of the new provisions.
Policy and planning guidelines
The policy and planning guidelines for development of wind energy facilities in Victoria have been updated to include changes introduced by the amendments listed above.
- Policy and planning guidelines for development of wind energy facilities in Victoria (PDF, 4.9 MB) or (DOC, 260.5 KB)
Planning permit conditions
Model planning permit conditions for wind energy facilities have been developed to assist all parties involved in permit applications. They are provided in Appendix B of the Policy and planning guidelines for wind energy facilities in Victoria (DOC, 260.5 KB).
The conditions are for guidance only and should be adapted depending on the individual circumstance of each wind energy proposal.
Information relevant to native vegetation requirements can be found on the Native vegetation page.
Wind energy projects in Victoria
Calculating greenhouse benefits
Information for calculating the greenhouse benefits of wind energy development, and other helpful links and resources are provided below.
A guide to calculating greenhouse benefits of wind energy facility proposals:
Victorian government departments and agencies
- Contact planning: first point of contact and metropolitan and regional offices
- Planning Panels Victoria
- Heritage Victoria
- VicPlan (property reports and other planning information)
Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources:
Includes responsibility for agriculture, energy, resources, economic development, employment and innovation.
A Victorian Government agency, established to accelerate sustainable resource supply and use across the Victorian economy. Their website includes information on a range of sustainability measures including wind and renewable energy.
Administers legislation that protects Aboriginal cultural heritage. Potential impacts of a wind energy facility on Aboriginal cultural values must be considered in the early planning stages of a development.
- Clean Energy Council
- Danish Wind Industry Association
- Green Power
- Australian Energy Market Operator
- Australian Renewable Energy Agency
- CADDET Renewable Energy
- Energy Networks Australia
- Australian Energy Council
- Department of the Environment and Energy
- Renewable Energy Certificates Registry
- Clean Energy Regulator
Useful publications and references
Guidelines for Renewable Energy Developments - Wind Energy, Energy Efficiency and Conservation Authority, EECA, New Zealand, 1995
Stakeholder management: A Prerequisite for Successful Wind Farm Development, and Appendix 1: Developer's Guide to Stakeholders in Victoria, Terry Teoh Murdoch University, January 2000
Best Practice Guidelines for Implementation of Wind Energy Projects in Australia, Clean Energy Council, 2013
The Victorian Wind Atlas, Sustainable Energy Authority Victoria (now Sustainability Victoria), December 2003
Wind Farm Industry Policy Statement (Commonwealth Department of Environment) assists wind farm operators to decide if proposed actions require assessment and approval under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999.
- Draft National Wind Farm Development Guidelines, July 2010
- Community Engagement and Benefit Sharing in Renewable Energy Development: A Guide for Renewable Energy Developers (PDF, 4.5 MB) – Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning, Victorian Government (authored by T Lane and J Hicks)
Regulation of wind farm impacts on birds and bats
DELWP is improving the regulation of wind farm impacts on birds and bats.
The aim is to ensure species at potential risk are protected by regulations that are clear, proportionate and effective.
The review is being informed by two technical reports by the Arthur Rylah Institute. The first report developed an approach to determine the species at potential risk from the impacts of wind turbine collisions, at the state-wide population level.
- Summary report on the approach for determining species at potential risk (PDF, 156.4 KB)
- Technical report
The second report collated and analysed post-construction bird and bat mortality data collected by Victorian wind energy facilities.
Page last updated: 25/09/19