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 vegetation or threatened species may be required before urban development occurs.

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 plant species may be conducted as part of salvage works for Spiny Rice-flower and Matted Flax-lily. Salvaged plant material will be used in restoration programs for the Western Grassland Reserve, the Grassy Eucalypt Woodland Reserve and the larger conservation areas in Melbourne’s growth corridors as appropriate.

Is Salvage and Translocation required on my land?

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

Estimate requirements

Salvage and Translocation Protocol

DELWP has developed a salvage and translocation protocol that provides more information on the process for determining salvage and translocation requirements and the techniques that must be followed.

More information

For more information about salvage and translocation requirements, please contact

Page last updated: 13/05/21