Legal information for Victorian landholders
Designed for use by land managers and primary producers, this information explains in simple terms the laws, codes and regulations relevant to the operation and or ownership of a rural property in Victoria.
Each of the eight pages has the following sections:
- Key terms, acronyms and abbreviations – an explanation of some of the language and terms used throughout the booklet.
- Introduction – a summary of the intention of the legislation.
- Roles and responsibilities – an explanation of roles played by national, state and local governments, their agencies and farmers.
- Relevant laws, guidelines and codes – the relevant acts, guidelines and codes covering farm management in Victoria.
- Legislation and the farmer – A table of potential situations with an explanation of a farmer's obligations or the implications under the relevant acts in Victoria.
Land owners have a number of legal obligations in managing biodiversity on their farms. It is important to check the legal implications of any action that may affect native plants and animals. Read more about legal information for biodiversity management
Land owners have a responsibility to manage chemicals on their property in a way that does not adversely affect their neighbours and to ensure produce is free from unacceptable chemical residues. Read more about legal information for chemical management
Introduction to occupational health and safety
Farms are inherently dangerous workplaces. Farmers and farm workers are more likely to be seriously injured or die at work than other Victorians. Read our introduction to occupational health and safety
Livestock producers must manage their livestock in a way that provides for the health and welfare of the animals as well as producing livestock that deliver premium quality product. Read more about legal information for livestock management
Noxious weeds and pest animal management
Noxious weeds and pest animals affect the entire Victorian community. Management of these species is an essential precursor to achieving outcomes related to improving Victoria's productivity, competitiveness, sustainability and natural environment. Read more about legal information for noxious weeds and pest animal management
Good soil management improves soil water holding properties, builds soil carbon and nutrients, and increases resilience against threatening processes that may have a negative impact on the soil or other catchment assets.Read more about legal information for soil management
Good waste management on farms is essential to ensure a healthy, safe and productive farming enterprise. Farmers, along with all Victorians, have obligations under legislation to ensure that their wastes do not affect the environment. Read more about legal information for waste management
All Victorian land owners who access surface water or groundwater for domestic and stock use or for irrigation have a number of legal obligations regarding the licensed take and use of that water. Read more about legal information for water management