Conservation strategies are a key component of the Victorian Government's approach to conserving biodiversity in Melbourne growth corridors and in certain circumstances, salvage and/or translocation of native flora may be required before native vegetation or habitat is removed. Salvage and translocation will focus primarily on native plants rather than native animals and salvage rather than translocation.

Salvaged material will be used in restoration programs for the Western Grassland Reserves, the Grassy Eucalypt Woodland Reserve and the larger conservation areas in the growth corridors as appropriate.

Persons undertaking urban development will be responsible for undertaking salvage and/or translocation, however DELWP will do this work at no cost where landowners grant DELWP access to their land.

Salvage and/or translocation may be required for the following target species:

  • Matted Flax-lily
  • Spiny Rice-flower
  • Seasonal Herbaceous Wetland species

In addition to these species, salvage of other threatened, rare or common species may be conducted as part of salvage works for Spiny Rice-flower and Matted Flax-lily where required for restoration programs.

Landowners can estimate their salvage and translocation requirements online using the Native Vegetation Information Management (NVIM) system

DELWP is finalising a salvage and translocation protocol that will provide more information on the process for determining salvage and translocation requirements and the techniques that must be followed when undertaking salvage.

For general queries relating to salvage and translocation requirements, email: