Are you thinking about moving to a rural lifestyle? Have you recently bought a new property in rural Victoria?
It is important to have clear expectations of living in a rural zone. Remember, although it may look peaceful, at times rural Victoria can be busy.
This section of our website offers information for new landholders on what to expect when you move to rural Victoria, how to meet your new obligations as a landholder and tips on farm management for landholders starting out in commercial agricultural production.
Buying a property in rural Victoria is a big decision. It is important to do your research and be well informed before committing to purchasing a property.
Below is a list of information to assist you in making a decision. It includes tips on what to consider before purchasing a property, information on agricultural activities, sub divisions rules and land use restrictions.
After you have reviewed the following material, you should weigh up whether your lifestyle expectations align with life in a rural location. It may also be useful to discuss your plans with others who already live in rural Victoria.
The Consumer Affairs Victoria website also has a useful checklist, which sets out broader considerations for prospective property owners.
- Tips before purchasing rural land
- Agricultural industries and their impacts
- Land use, planning and subdivision rules
- Rural roads
New landowner responsibilities
As a rural land manager you have various responsibilities and legal obligations you need to consider.
You play a vital role in sustainably managing your land and minimising biosecurity risks, ensuring the prosperity of Victoria's agricultural industries.
Striking up a conversation with your neighbour is a good place to start. They can be a great source of expertise and may lessen the chance of a disagreement developing later on.
The links below provide useful tips on how to be a good neighbour and other useful biosecurity information, including managing invasive plants and animals and getting a property identification code.
For more information for elsewhere on our website, see our dedicated sections on legal information for Victorian landholders, management of pest plants and animals, plant and animal disease, and chemical use.
Land management tips
Managing a property while prioritising between family and social commitments can be difficult. Some options you might need to consider may include leasing a paddock or employing a weed contractor to help manage your weeds.
In addition, getting involved in your local Landcare group is a great way to learn more about land management and to get involved with your community. Here are some tips to help get you started: