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Conservation in action

We are acting now to protect threatened species and ecosystems and secure their future. We're doing this by establishing more than 20,000 hectares of reserves and protected areas around Melbourne. We also run much-needed management programs for some of our most vulnerable species, like the southern brown bandicoot and growling grass frog.

Our key conservation outcomes:

We regularly monitor our programs and reserves using the latest scientific research and techniques.

We also work with our partners, including Traditional Owners, government agencies, local councils and other organisations to achieve our conservation goals.

Where are the conservations areas and reserves?

Map of MSA conservation areas and reserves. Map shows Sunbury, Melton, Tullamarine, Caroline Springs and Melbourne.
Department of Energy, Environment and Climate Action acknowledges the Wurundjeri Woi-wurrung, Bunurong and Wadawurrung peoples as the Traditional Owners of this land

How is the program funded?

Our program is funded by MSA levy. This means developers are legally required to pay levies to offset the impact of development on the environment. We use these funds are used to establish conservation areas and deliver conservation outcomes - so the program proceeds at the same rate as development, which is expected to finish around 2060.

Key documents

See Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 approvals for urban development in Melbourne's growth corridors.

For a copy of Delivering Melbourne's Newest Sustainable Communities Strategic Impact Assessment Report, October 2009, please email conservation.msa@deeca.vic.gov.au.

Page last updated: 18/04/24