The department recognises that successful engagement and consultation with a wide variety of industry groups, business and community stakeholders is crucial in shaping our future projects, policies and strategies for growing Victoria's economy.

The department conducts numerous public consultations to address a wide range of key questions and issues.

This section lists consultations that are active. Your feedback is important. To join the conversation, follow the links below.

Agriculture and fisheries

Fisheries consultations

Fisheries has a number of current fisheries consultations.

It also has an ongoing program of statutory consultations.

Animal welfare reform in Victoria

Animal welfare matters. It's important to animals; and it's important to the Victorian community, the government, our animal industries and the Victorian economy.

That's why the Victorian Government is developing a five-year action plan – Improving the Welfare of Animals in Victoria.

The first of its kind for Victoria, the Action Plan will identify the direction for animal welfare for the Victorian community, government and our animal-related industries. Animal welfare is a shared responsibility and we can improve the welfare of animals in Victoria by using a collaborative approach.

The consultation period for the Draft Action Plan closed on 11 October 2016. The government thanks Victorians for their feedback and submissions.

Visit the consultation website to follow the progress of Victoria's animal welfare reform project, register your interest and take the opinion poll.

Events and tourism

Australian Grands Prix (Formula One) Regulations 2016

A Regulatory Impact Statement (RIS) was prepared in relation to the proposed Australian Grands Prix (Formula One) Regulations 2016.

The proposed regulations, made under the Australian Grand Prix Act 1994, will replace the Australian Grand Prix (Formula One) Regulations 2006, which will expire on 24 October 2016.

Public submissions closed on the Tuesday 30 August 2016. Further details are available about this consultation.

Industrial relations

Review of Victorian laws governing owner drivers and forestry contractors

The Victorian Government is currently reviewing the Owner Drivers and Forestry Contractors Act 2005 (ODFC Act) and the Owner Drivers and Forestry Contractors Regulations 2006 (Regulations).

The purpose of the Review is to consider the changes that have occurred within the Victorian transport and forestry industries and at the national level, since the introduction of the ODFC Act and Regulations in 2005.

The Terms of Reference for the Review is available from our website.

Submissions to the review closed on 31 January 2017 and the Victorian Government will now carefully consider the content of these submissions.

Review of the Long Service Leave Act

The Review of the Long Service Leave Act 1992 is considering a number of matters relating to the clarity and fairness of the Long Service Leave Act.

Regional development

Regional Partnerships

Share ideas and have your say about what matters in regional Victoria. Having your say is easy - share ideas about opportunities and issues online at the Engage Regions website. Nine new Regional Partnerships have been established by the Victorian Government to give regional communities greater say about what matters to them. You can find out more about your Regional Partnership and its members on the Regional Development Victoria (RDV) website.

If you prefer to provide feedback in person you can share your ideas with your Regional Partnerships members, drop in to your local council, or visit or write to your local RDV office.

The feedback received will help set the agenda for Regional Assembly events being held between October and December this year. You can also register your interest in attending the Regional Assemblies on your local Engage Regions consultation page. Regional Assemblies are a chance for people who live in Victoria's regions to explore what the priorities are for the region and discuss their ideas to address the opportunities and challenges they are facing.

Small business

Review of regulation impacting small business retailers

The initial round of public consultation has now closed. However, ongoing participation and contribution to the review can be made by email.

The review will be followed by a draft Action Statement which will contain proposals for reform. Public consultation on the draft will be undertaken in early 2017. The final statement will be released in mid-2017. Find more information about the Small Business Retail Regulation Review.

Transport and infrastructure

Trial exemption for low-powered paddle craft

As Victoria's maritime safety regulator,Transport Safety Victoria (TSV) is currently seeking feedback on a proposed trial exemption from vessel registration and marine licensing requirements for owners and masters of low-powered electric paddle craft.

Submissions close on 13 April 2017.

Consultation paper is available at the Transport Safety Victoria website

Safe and Accessible Waterways Consultation

The Safe and Accessible Waterways Consultation invited Victorians to have their say to help ensure safe and positive experiences on Victorian waterways and convenient access and fit for purpose facilities and services.

Submissions closed on 14 December 2016

For more information visit the Safe and Accessible Waterways Consultation page.

Page last updated: 25 January 2017