Governance and Policies

Bellarine Bayside was established in 1994 under the Crown Land (Reserves) Act 1978 with a responsibility to ensure the land is managed, maintained, improved and controlled to provide environmental, social and economic benefits for the Victorian community.

Bellarine Bayside is a not-for-profit public entity, overseen by a Committee of Management (CoM). Committee members are selected through a public, skills-based expression of interest process and appointed for a three-year term by the Minister for Environment.

The CoM sets the strategic directions and ensures that Bellarine Bayside responds to community and state government expectations. The CoM delegates a level of authority to the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) to enable effective management of day-to-day operations. The CEO is supported by a senior management team covering planning and environment, operations, finance and business management, and holiday park management.

Regulations And Legislation

The Crown Land (Reserves) Act 1978 and the Marine and Coastal Act 2018  are the primary Acts relating to the management of the northern Bellarine coastal reserve. Other subordinate legislation and policy set by the Victorian Government also applies.

We report to the Victorian Government Minister for Environment.

Category 1 Coastal Committees of Management, including Bellarine Bayside, are also provided a Statement of Expectations (SOE) by the Department of Environment, Land Water and Planning.

Our Policies

Our policies give effect to our responsibilities, functions and powers as outlined in the Crown Land (Reserves) Act 1978. A policy will only be developed where there is an identified need.

The Victorian Government has introduced Child Safe Standards for all organisations that provide services or facilities for children.

The standards aim to protect children from harm by promoting the safety of children, preventing child abuse and ensuring organisations have effective processes in place to respond to and report all allegations of child abuse.

Bellarine Bayside Child Safe Policy Statement

Bellarine Bayside is committed to the safety and wellbeing of all children. It is important to us that children participating in our activities, staying in our holiday parks and interacting with our staff, contractors and volunteers, are safe, happy and empowered. We have a zero-tolerance of child abuse, and all allegations and safety concerns will be treated seriously and consistent with our legal and moral obligations to contact authorities when concerns have been raised about a child’s safety.

Bellarine Bayside is committed to preventing child abuse and identifying risks early and removing and reducing these risks. We are committed to the cultural safety of Aboriginal children and children from culturally and/or linguistically diverse backgrounds and to providing a safe environment for children with disabilities and children who identify as LGBTQI+.

All Bellarine Bayside staff, contractors and volunteers have a responsibility to understand the important and specific role he/she/they plays individually and collectively to ensure that the wellbeing and safety of all children is a priority.

Bellarine Bayside is committed to consultation and engagement processes and understands it needs to ensure a consistent and respectful approach when undertaking engagement with the community.

Our Community Engagement Charter provides detail on how and when we will engage with you, and what you can expect during that engagement. You can help us deliver on our Community Engagement Charter by proactively accessing information and providing us with constructive feedback.

Bellarine Bayside’s Community Engagement Charter is based on, and consistent with, the Department of Energy, Environment and Climate Action (DEECA) community charter and Victorian Public Sector requirements.

For more information please download the charter here: Bellarine Bayside Community Engagement Charter

Bellarine Bayside acknowledges everyone’s right to express their opinion about its services. Complaints provide valuable feedback about the level of satisfaction with our services. Along with other forms of feedback (such as compliments), they provide an opportunity to improve the delivery of services.

Our Complaints Management Policy sets out how we will listen and respond to complaints and how we will use that feedback to develop and deliver policies, programs and services. It also provides detail on the process to submit a formal complaint.

For more information please download our policy here: Bellarine Bayside Complaint Management Policy

Bellarine Bayside recognises that public art can deliver many benefits to both the community and the coastal Crown land reserve in Portarlington, Indented Head and St Leonards.

Public art can help to reinforce the unique identity of the Bellarine Peninsula, generate community pride and raise awareness of the multi-faceted values of the coastal reserve. It also has enormous potential to revitalise spaces, improve visual amenity and enhance cultural tourism.

We have developed a public art policy to facilitate the provision of high-quality public art within the Bellarine Bayside managed coastal Crown land reserve by ensuring a consistent approach to the acquisition, siting and management of public artworks.

The policy includes procedural details to apply to place a public artwork on the coastal reserve.

Access a copy of the public art policy here: Bellarine Bayside Public Art Policy