Native Vegetation Groups for Victoria
Ecological Vegetation Classes (EVCs)
Native vegetation in Victoria has been classified according to Ecological Vegetation Classes (EVCs). There are approximately 300 EVCs statewide. Similar EVCs have been assigned to 20 simplified native vegetation groups and 34 sub-groups for more convenient management and illustration of statewide data.
EVCs in bioregions
EVCs are typically considered in terms of the biogeographical region (bioregion) in which they occur. The combination of EVC and bioregion is used to determine the bioregional conservation status (BCS) of an EVC to assist with natural resource management at the landscape scale, and is the basis for describing EVC benchmarks.
EVC benchmarks have been developed to assess the vegetation quality of EVCs at the site scale in comparison to a ‘benchmark’ condition. Click here to access the statewide EVC benchmarks by bioregion and their corresponding bioregional conservation status.
The file below contains a listing of statewide EVCs by bioregion, simplified native vegetation groups, bioregional conservation status of each EVC by bioregion and links to the EVC benchmarks. The bioregional conservation status of EVCs was revised and updated in November 2007 following revised native vegetation mapping. The revised status should be used for all planning permits and offset plans submitted to the relevant authorities from 11 April 2008. For more information on the datasets go Accessing Native Vegetation Data web page.
Native Vegetation products
For more information on the assessment of native vegetation using the habitat hectares approach, click on the links below:
Net Accounting Gain - First Approximation Report
Vegetation Quality Assessment - Habitat Hectares Approach
Vegetation Quality Assessment Manual
Vegetation Gain Approach
Scoring Gain from an Offset - DEPI Gain Calculator
Revegetation Planting Standards
Guide for Assessment of Referred Planning Permit Applications
Wetland Vegetation Assessment