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.

More information

View previous wind energy amendments

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.

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

Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning:

Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources:
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

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.

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.

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