Victoria is perfectly positioned to lead the nation in establishing a thriving new offshore wind industry. That's because Victoria has:
- world-class offshore wind resources
- a skilled regional workforce
- a track record of delivering onshore renewable energy projects
- established renewable energy supply chains.
We are designing a fit-for-purpose legislative and regulatory framework for offshore wind. It will balance:
- support for the industry
- environmental considerations
- community and stakeholder expectations
- recognition of the legal rights of Traditional Owners.
By the end of this year, we will introduce legislation to give offshore wind proponents the certainty they need to proceed with their investments.
Offshore Wind Energy Victoria
To kick-start the development of the offshore wind sector, Offshore Wind Energy Victoria (OWEV) was established as a division within the Department of Energy, Environment and Climate Action. OWEV is a one-stop shop and single point of entry for industry and community engagement.
Sector development updates
Our Offshore Wind Energy Implementation Statements support and guide industry and the Victorian community on the development of the offshore wind sector.
We have released two implementation statements, with Implementation Statement 3 to be released in late 2023.
An overview of Offshore Wind Implementation Statement 2 (March 2023) updates is provided below. You can also find the full statement below, and a Q&A from the stakeholder briefing session.