Commissioner for Better Regulation report

The Commissioner's final report from the continuous improvement project, titled Getting the Groundwork Right, is provided below. The report includes:

  • administrative and operational changes being made by the department; and
  • recommendations for government's consideration, including regulatory improvements that involve other regulators across government.


Accessible versions of these documents are currently not available. Please contact us if you need further information about these documents.

Implementation plan

The Getting the Groundwork Right: Implementation Plan outlines how government is implementing the Commissioner’s recommendations.

We’re building a better regulator at a key time for the State. Demand for core building materials is at an all-time high, owing to Victoria’s population growth and the scale of building work underway across the state.

Victoria’s minerals sector is also experiencing growth with a renaissance for gold mining delivering more opportunities for extending and creating new mines and jobs in regional Victoria.

It is critical that we get the regulation of mines and quarries right. A modern, proportionate and robust regulatory system contributes to industry certainty and underpins community confidence. This Implementation Plan shows how we will deliver that.

To support the Implementation Plan, the Victorian Budget 2018/19 included $12.7 million for earth resources regulation. The funding is delivering a program of work to simplify regulatory procedures and provide for an upgraded online application system.

The Budget includes a further $3 million over 2 years to extend work underway to secure extractive resource areas of strategic importance for the construction of public infrastructure, affordable housing and private sector developments.

This work includes geoscience investigations, land use planning and community engagement in partnership with local councils.

Implementation progress reviews

Page last updated: 05 Jan 2021