Hierarchy of Principles

Managing the coast now and in the future requires responses to the many ongoing pressures we face. To assist with this, previous Strategies have introduced a Hierarchy of Principles. This Strategy continues a Hierarchy of Principles and recognises that the foundation of coastal planning and management is a healthy coastal and marine environment.
 
The Hierarchy of Principles gives effect to the directions in the Coastal Management Act 1995 and is included in the State Planning Policy Framework and in planning schemes across Victoria. Planning and decision making on the coast needs to be guided by and consistent with the Hierarchy of Principles.
 
The policies and actions in the Strategy have been grouped into three sections that align with the Hierarchy of Principles: