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 VC160 (gazetted 24 January 2020) changes the Victoria Planning Provisions and all planning schemes by clarifying the mandatory noise assessment and mandatory conditions for wind energy facilities do not apply to applications to amend a planning permit where the changes will not alter the noise assessment of the wind energy facility.

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

View previous wind energy amendments

Policy and planning guidelines

The policy and planning guidelines for development of wind energy facilities in Victoria help to inform planning decisions about proposals and set out:

  • a framework to provide a consistent and balanced approach to the assessment of wind energy facilities;
  • operational performance standards to inform the assessment and operation of wind energy facilities;
  • guidance as to how planning permit application requirements might be met.

The guidelines have been updated to address changes introduced by the amendments listed above.

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 facilities in Victoria

At the start of 2020, Victoria had 26 operating wind energy facilities.

Information about these operating wind energy facilities, as well as information about other projects in Victoria that have lodged a planning permit application, have planning approval, or are under construction, can be found at the wind projects page.

Information about the steps the Victorian Government is taking to ensure the state makes the best use of its abundant wind resource as a renewable energy source can be found at the wind energy page.

Native vegetation

Information relevant to native vegetation requirements can be found on the Native vegetation page.

Additional resources

Victorian government departments and agencies

Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning:

Department of Jobs, Precincts and Regions:
Includes responsibility for agriculture, energy, resources, economic development, employment and innovation

Sustainability Victoria:
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

Aboriginal Victoria:
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

Useful publications and references

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:

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

The second report collated and analysed post-construction bird and bat mortality data collected by Victorian wind energy facilities

Page last updated: 06/03/20