The Minister for Planning is the responsible authority for all new planning permit applications for renewable energy facilities that are 1 megawatt or greater and associated utility installations such as battery storage and powerlines
Wind energy amendments
Amendment VC161 (gazetted 17 September 2019) changes the Victoria Planning Provisions and all planning schemes to introduce new requirements for renewable energy facilities. The Minister for Planning is now the responsible authority for all new renewable energy facilities and utility installations that are 1 megawatt or greater, including battery storage.
Amendment VC159 (gazetted 8 August 2019) changes the Victoria Planning Provisions and all planning schemes to introduce and revise land use terms. This included amending the definition of ‘Utility installation’ to include transmit, distribute or store power, including battery storage.
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 of Amendment VC157 - more information
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.
Guide to Victoria's planning system
Learn about the planning system in Victoria, including a complete guide to Using Victoria's Planning System (PDF, 2.8 MB).
Wind energy projects in Victoria
General info (DELWP)
Victoria has an abundant wind resource and the Victorian Government is taking a range of steps to ensure the state can make the best use of this renewable energy source.
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 Jobs, Precincts and Regions:
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
- 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.
- Submitting a referral under the EPBC Act – A fact sheet for a person proposing to take an action (PDF, 781 KB) assists solar energy developers to decide if they should make a referral under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999
- Ministerial guidelines for assessment of environmental effects under the Environment Effects Act 1978 (PDF, 581.7 KB) assist wind farm developers to decide if they should make a referral under the Environment Effects Act 1978.
- 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)
- A Guide to Benefit Sharing Options for Renewable Energy Projects, October 2019 (PDF, 3.6MB) – Clean Energy Council
- Community Engagement Guidelines for Building Powerlines for Energy Developments: A guide for proponents, landholders and communities, December 2018 (PDF, 2MB) – Clean Energy Council
- Community Engagement Guidelines: For the Australian Wind Industry, June 2018 (PDF, 1.5MB) – Clean Energy Council
- Best Practice Guidelines: For Implementation of Wind Energy Projects in Australia, June 2018 (PDF, 949KB) – Clean Energy Council
- Wind Farms: A Guide for Communities (PDF, 3.2MB) – Clean Energy Council
- Guidelines for Renewable Energy Installations (PDF, 1.3MB) – Country Fire Authority
- Guidelines for the removal, destruction or lopping of native vegetation (PDF, 1.5MB) – Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning, Victorian Government
- Protecting Victoria's Environment – Biodiversity 2037 (PDF, 4.9MB) – Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning, Victorian Government
- The Aboriginal Heritage Act 2006 and the Planning Permit Process: Planning Practice Note 45 (PDF, 361.7 KB) – Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning, Victorian Government
- Environmental guidelines for major construction sites (PDF, 208KB) – Environment Protection Authority, Victorian Government
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: 13/01/20