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This website provides information about Victoria’s native vegetation, its management, restoration and revegetation. VicVeg Online is a “work in progress” that is subject to future funding and resources.
From here you can find out about: Each of these is explained further in the corresponding tabs below.

AboutPlantscapesPlant SpeciesTools and techniques

At present this site works correctly when accessed using Microsoft's Internet Explorer version 6 or later. Parts of this web site may not display correctly in other browser software. If you wish to use this site but don't have Internet Explorer, please be patient, we are working towards supporting other browsers. Alternatively you could download and install Internet Explorer from

Some modern 'smart' mobile phones can also use the site. (At least those with the Android operating system).

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(Bookmarks are called ‘Favorites’ in Microsoft’s Internet Explorer) To bookmark a VicVeg Online page about a bioregion’s Ecological Vegetation Class (bioEVC) or a plant species, first click the ‘Open in New Window’ button. Image of bttons.
This opens a new browser window displaying the same information. This can now be bookmarked (saved as a favorite) within your browser, or you can copy the web address (URL) for using elsewhere.

The web address appears at the top of most browser applications and will look something like this for a bioEVC:

and something like this for a plant species:

You can provide your own parameters in the URL after the page address (which ends in ‘.aspx?’) if you are familiar with the Department of Sustainability and Environment’s coding schemes for bioregions, EVCs and plant species. You will also need the coding for CMAs which is as follows:
CMA CMA code
Corangamite 1
East Gippsland 2
Glenelg-Hopkins 3
Goulburn-Broken 4
Mallee 5
North Central 6
North East 7
West Gippsland 8
Wimmera 9
Port Phillip 10
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You can print any part of the web site from a browser by selecting its Print option, usually found in the File menu. You may have to click inside the part you want to print first. For the content areas (as opposed to the selection interface) the best way to print is to click the 'View as PDF' button that is available within the content windows. This provides an Adobe Reader window that includes its own 'Print' button (along with other useful functions such as 'Save a Copy').
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VicVeg Online had its genesis in the mid to late 1990s as a Centre for Land Protection Research (part of the then Department of Natural Resources and Environment) web site project. It was able to produce planting lists for anywhere in Victoria using interactive mapping with Land Systems as the spatial categorisation because Ecological Vegetation Class (EVC) mapping was not then available for all of Victoria. Departmental staff were unable to attract funding to develop it beyond the working demonstration stage.

In 2003, Geoff Park of the North Central Catchment Management Authority initiated a project called ‘Best Practice Native Vegetation Management’. For the first time plant lists were derived using EVC mapping as the the way of categorising the landscape but this was only covering the North Central CMA region.

With the support of all ten CMAs, project staff in 2007 obtained 12 months of Commonwealth Government funding to extend the project to cover all of Victoria. During this phase, the project was renamed VicVeg Online and the web site took its current form. Commonwealth funding expired in 2008 and since then, the North Central CMA has supported VicVeg Online through internal funding, sometimes with the assistance of other CMAs.

History written by Ian Higgins (who was involved in all stages).

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Thanks are due to more people than can be named, but we do want to honour those who made contributions far in excess of expectations:

All the members of the project steering committee.

Project workers Alison Oates, Ian Higgins and Lyndall Rowley who all gave well above the call of duty (Alison even after multiple fractures!).

Tim D’Ombrain for passionate encouragement, data, a better EVC key and accommodation.

All those who have freely given photographs, especially Garry Cheers and Tim D’Ombrain who between them contributed over 1,200 photos to VicVeg Online.

The botanical experts who checked over our species lists: Bill Peel, Dale Tonkinson, Doug Frood, Garry Cheers, Ian Sluiter, John Davies and Tim D’Ombrain.

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