Group of volunteers working at Wilsons Promontory National Park


Collaboration with partners and volunteers


Parks Victoria is part of a large network of partners that work together to understand, manage and protect Victoria’s marine protected areas

At Parks Victoria, we recognise the importance of community partnerships and stewardship. Our Healthy Parks Healthy People approach promotes both the wellbeing benefits of parks and the significant contribution that active and engaged communities provide for the health of the park system.

We value the contributions from Marine Care and Friends groups, community organisations and non-government partners who significantly contribute to both understanding and connection of Victoria’s marine protected areas, as well as actively supporting their management. These partners include Traditional Owner groups, research institutions, members of our Research Partner Program, the Victorian National Parks Association and many others.

Victoria’s marine protected areas are impacted by many threats such as marine pests or poor water quality that arise outside the parks. Partnerships with other government agencies are critical for supporting marine protected area management. We collaborate with partner agencies on compliance, investment, program delivery, pollution and biodiversity management for marine protected areas. 

Key government partners include:

  • Victorian Fisheries Authority
  • Department of Energy, Environment and Climate Action
  • Department of Jobs, Precincts and Regions
  • Department of Transport and Planning
  • Heritage Victoria
  • Environment Protection Authority Victoria
  • Catchment Management Authorities
  • Victorian Marine and Coastal Council


Getting Involved


There is so much you can do individually or as part of a group to help look after Victoria’s marine protected areas through volunteer programs and other activities led by Parks Victoria and other partners happening around the state. 


Take Personal Actions

  • Get to know and share the love for your local marine protected area with your friends and family 
  • Take personal actions at home to stop litter and pollutants entering our waterways
  • Adopt Clean, Check Dry to stop help the spread of marine pests
  • Know and respect your park boundaries by using the “Can I fish here?” on the Vic Fishing app 

Volunteer Programs

Underwater view of a diver with a school of fish

Sea Search

The Sea Search program is a great way to learn and explore the marine environment while collecting important information on its health and condition.
A snorkeller inspects a reef with a magnifying glass at Mushroom Reef Marine Sanctuary.

Reef Watch Victoria

Subtidal Reef programs for snorkellers and accredited divers. Programs include, Marine Life of Victoria, Great Victorian Fish count, Sea Slug census, Dragon Quest, Reefcam and Oyster Watch.
Two men with hats and backpacks walk along the George Bass Coastal Walk

Coastcare Victoria

Join Summer by the Sea, a state-wide annual program with a range of activities.
Hooded Plovers on a rock

BirdLife Australia

For bird enthusiasts, this volunteer program offers a great range of projects.
A sea star and urchins on the ocean floor


A program focused on recording the arrival of warmer water species that are shifting or extending their usual habitat range.

Reef Life Survey

Subtidal reef surveys for the most experienced divers and naturalists.
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