The Victorian Government has a new legal framework to support the Melbourne Strategic Assessment (MSA) Program, starting on 1 July 2020.

What doesn’t change

The conservation outcomes that the Program has committed to deliver do not change. These commitments are embedded in the original Program approval framework under the Commonwealth Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 – which continues to remain in place.

The simple, streamlined process for urban development works in Melbourne’s growth corridors to comply with Victorian and Commonwealth biodiversity regulation is maintained.

What changes

From 1 July 2020 rates charged under the MSA program will increase. This is the first increase to rates since 2013.

Habitat area levy type

Rate per hectare to
30 June 2020

New rate per hectare from
1 July 2020

Native Vegetation patch



Scattered tree (per tree)



Golden Sun Moth



Growling Grass Frog



Matted Flax-lily



Southern Brown Bandicoot



Spiny Rice-flower



The new Act clarifies and simplifies the requirements of the MSA Program. In many cases, payment requirements will be aligned with those of the Growth Areas Infrastructure Charge (GAIC).

New audit, reporting and review processes will improve the transparency of DELWP’s administration of the MSA program.

More information will be added to this website over the coming months.

The new Act can be viewed at Melbourne Strategic Assessment Act 2020. For more information about the new Act or the new levy rates email

Page last updated: 30/04/20