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Victoria is spearheading Australia’s offshore wind sector

Offshore wind will support our switch to renewables and play a vital role in Victoria’s clean energy transition.

Victoria has set ambitious targets of 2 GW of offshore generation by 2032, 4 GW of offshore wind capacity by 2035 and 9 GW by 2040.

Policy directions paper

The Victorian Offshore Wind Policy Directions Paper outlines our state’s vision for offshore wind. It paves the way for Victoria to host the first offshore wind farms in Australia.

Victoria has some of the world’s best offshore wind resources. Our coastal regions have the potential to support 13 GW of capacity by 2050.

Maximising the huge potential of our local wind resources could sustain up to 6,100 jobs:

  • 3,100 local jobs for 15 years during the development and construction phases
  • and an extra 3,000 ongoing jobs during operations.

From March to August 2022, we carried out a public consultation on the policy directions paper.

Resources

Implementation Statement 1

In October 2022, the Victorian Government released Offshore Wind Implementation Statement 1, outlining the government’s plans for the establishment of an offshore wind industry.

This is the first in a series of implementation statements that will be released over the coming years – designed to provide certainty and facilitate ongoing collaboration.

Offshore Wind Implementation Statement 1 includes announcements and updates on the following:

  • Transmission – VicGrid will lead a coordinated approach to transmission to ensure projects have access to the grid
  • Ports – The Port of Hastings is likely to be the preferred port to support offshore wind construction, subject to necessary community and industry consultation, and environment and planning approvals.
  • Offshore Wind Energy Victoria – We will dedicate significant resources to lead the successful establishment of the offshore wind sector.
  • Local industry – We are placing a significant focus on boosting the capability of local industry.
  • Legislation and regulation – We are working with the Commonwealth to deliver streamlined regulation and legislation.

Further implementation statements are expected to be released in 2023.

Resource

Offshore wind projects

In November 2021, the Victorian Government made Australia's largest single offshore wind announcement.

Three offshore wind projects secured almost $40 million in funding through Round 1 of the Energy Innovation Fund.

  1. Seadragon Offshore Wind Farm
  2. Great Southern Offshore Wind Farm
  3. Star of the South Offshore Wind Project

Together these projects could generate more than:

  • 40% of Victoria's electricity consumption
  • 5,500 jobs
  • $18 billion in investment.

The funding will support feasibility studies and pre-construction development activities. It will also bring forward the investment required to support the creation of a competitive offshore wind sector in Victoria.

It will also provide knowledge-sharing opportunities for all participants.

This will help inform Victorian Government decisions about:

  • the impacts of offshore wind on Victoria’s future energy supply
  • how to best support further development of a viable and competitive offshore wind sector.

Page last updated: 31/10/22