Election 2018 Scorecard

As an independent charity, we believe the public deserves to know where their elected representatives stand on issues related to our environment.

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Key clean energy and climate change policies did not have the support of all parties in the lead up to the 2018 Victorian election. See how they compared in our scorecard below or scroll down to see a full detailed policy comparison.

You can also click here to read the full response of the Andrews Labor Government to our environment policy survey (other party responses are included below).



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The following lists outline the policy positions and voting track records of the Victorian Labor Party, the Victorian Liberal/National Coalition and the Greens in the lead up to the 2018 Victorian election.

Bringing online new renewable energy


  • Passed into law a new Victorian Renewable Energy Target (VRET) of 40% by 2025, up from 12% in 2016, and have promised to increase the target to 50% by 2030
  • Delivered 928 megawatts of new wind and solar projects through the first VRET auction — Learn more
  • Plans to install solar panels on 650,000 homes and solar hot water on 60,000 homes and help 50,000 renters install solar panels over the next decade
  • Increased feed-in tariffs for rooftop solar so homes with solar get a fairer price for electricity they provide to the grid — Learn more
  • Have installed three new utility batteries in Kerang, Ballarat and Balgana to store clean energy and will provide rebates to get batteries for 10,000 households who already have solar panels


  • Have promised to provide $10,000 grants to help 700 Victorian state schools install solar
  • Voted against the Victorian Renewable Energy Target and have promised to scrap the target if elected
  • Will put a 75% local content requirement on all large scale renewable energy projects, which may become a significant roadblock for future projects. Have not stated whether this requirement would apply to new coal and gas projects
  • Voted against increasing the solar feed-in-tariff and said solar will be taken up without any ongoing subsidy — Learn more
  • Have committed to small-scale solar projects for one high school and one market


  • Have proposed a comprehensive plan to transition the State to 100% renewable energy by building $9 billion worth of publicly-owned large-scale renewable energy and significantly increasing the Victorian Renewable Energy Target to 100% by 2030
  • Have proposed plans to help renters, public housing tenants and apartment dwellers access solar and energy efficiency and will require all new homes to have solar panels or solar hot water
  • Consistently campaigned for the VRET, including it in their 2014 election platform and consistently pushing renewable energy up the agenda in Parliament
  • Have a plan to install solar panels and batteries on Victoria’s 1531 public schools

Closing dirty coal-burning power stations and supporting communities in transition


  • Supported the Latrobe Valley community through Hazelwood’s closure with $270 million to diversify the local economy
  • Increased coal royalties and mine rehabilitation bonds to ensure the community and environment is protected when mines close
  • Will establish Solar Victoria in the Latrobe Valley, which will be responsible for delivering the Solar Homes program
  • Provided $50 million to a coal-to-hydrogen trial project, which is highly unlikely to create sufficiently clean hydrogen at viable prices — Learn more
  • Extended mining licences in the Latrobe Valley, which will allow generators to continue to mine coal for decades to come
  • Have no plan to retire remaining coal-burning power stations


  • Vowed to keep polluting coal power stations open and want to build a new polluting brown coal-burning or gas power station
  • Called for intervention to keep Hazelwood, Australia’s dirtiest power station, open
  • Voted against increasing coal royalties


  • Have spoken consistently and forcefully for the need to transition away from coal and towards renewable energy
  • Have set a clear and ambitious timeline for the closure of Victoria’s existing dirty coal-burning power stations and support placing pollution standards on existing power stations
  • Support the Latrobe Valley community to succeed during the transition from coal by making the Valley a global centre for innovation in energy storage, supporting new offshore wind projects in Gippsland and upgrading energy efficiency across the region’s building stock

Improving access to energy efficiency


  • Are yet to commit to a large energy efficiency program that would help low income households and renters
  • Increased the ambition and scope of the Victorian Energy Upgrade Program (VEUP) and established new energy efficiency measures such as the Victorian Residential Efficiency Scorecard
  • Restored the Greener Government Building Program which reduces emissions from schools, hospitals and offices
  • Launched the Green Bond, raising $300 million for investment in energy efficiency, renewable energy, public transport and clean water
  • Passed legislation that allows the Government to set minimum energy efficiency standards for rental properties. Now efficiency standards need to be introduced – Learn more


  • Will subsidise new energy efficient fridges and televisions for low-income earners and pensioners, allowing people to replace outdated, inefficient appliances. While welcome, it is unclear whether this program will replace the existing Victorian Energy Upgrades Program
  • Have promised to assess the impact and effectiveness of the Victorian Energy Upgrades Program
  • Dismissed the Green Bond as an attempt to increase debt


  • Have promised to increase Victoria’s energy efficiency target to 10% by 2030, include insulation in the Victorian Energy Upgrade Program and accelerate the deployment of energy efficient air conditioners and electric hot water heaters.
  • Support setting robust energy efficiency standards for rental properties, and would provide $500 grants for landlords who face financial difficulties in upgrading their houses or are providing their homes at below-market rents or on a long-term lease.
  • Provide $1000 grants to replace gas heaters with new electric solar heat pumps

Protecting our climate


  • Strengthened the Victorian Climate Change Act, legislating for zero net emissions by 2050. Set targets to reduce the state’s greenhouse pollution by 15 to 20% by 2020
  • Banned fracking and unconventional gas extraction, have promised to enshrine the ban in Victoria’s constitution and have imposed a moratorium on new onshore gas projects
  • Have encouraged offshore gas drilling and opened new areas for development
  • Have welcomed AGL’s plan to build a gas import terminal at Crib Point, though have also required an environmental effects statement — Learn more


  • Voted against the Climate Change Act
  • Advocated for an acceleration of onshore gas extraction
  • Supported the ban on fracking and coal seam gas exploration and production
  • No clear position on AGL’s proposal to build a gas import terminal, though opposed by local MP Neil Burgess


  • Supported the Climate Change Act and pushed to strengthen the Act by placing stronger requirements to consider climate change in all decision-making and establishing the right for communities to take action against governments failing to meet the Climate Change Act
  • Have publicly opposed AGL’s proposal to build a gas import terminal and have spoken forcefully in Parliament about the terminal’s environmental and social impacts — Learn more
  • Would establish a Climate Commissioner, to lead a coordinated response to climate change, deliver vital information to the Victorian public through a State of the Climate report and examine the prospects for carbon drawdown

Delivering Sustainable Transport


  • Are building the Melbourne Metro and have committed to significantly expand Melbourne’s train network through the Suburban Loop Project, fast rail to Geelong and Ballarat, and a train line to the airport
  • Have committed to the North West Link and the Westgate Tunnel, which will increase pollution and fail to sustainably reduce congestion
  • Have taken steps to support electric vehicles by supporting fast charge stations and supporting a new electric vehicle manufacturing in the Latrobe Valley but are yet to release a comprehensive approach to increasing the number of electric vehicle in Victoria


  • Will invest up to $19 billion to build a new, high-speed rail network that connects regional cities to Melbourne, drastic reducing travel times to cities such as Shepparton, Bendigo and Ballarat
  • Have committed to build the East-West Link project and support the North East Link


  • Oppose the construction of new freeways and have actively and consistently advocated for increased spending on public and active transport
  • Have committed to building Melbourne Metro 2, which would provide a rail tunnel from Clifton Hill to Newport, extend rail in the Western suburbs and allow more services to be run on the Werribee and Mernda lines
  • Have committed to investing over $6 billion to fully upgrade Melbourne’s tram network and $500 million to expand the Smartbus network to new areas

Protecting our precious natural world


  • Introduced amendments to the Flora and Fauna Guarantee Act to Parliament. These changes would be a modest improvement but there is still a long way to go to protect our precious natural environment
  • Delivered a new Biodiversity Strategy leading to over $80 million investment in nature conservation
  • Passed a comprehensive reform package of the Environment Protection Authority, giving the agency greater enforcement powers, more resources to prosecute polluters and more independence, together with more funding to deliver its important work


  • Have promised to review environmental laws to ensure that appropriate protections are in place to deal with issues impacting biodiversity. However, no funding has been committed to this process
  • Have said they support ongoing protections of threatened and endangered flora and fauna, and will introduce measures to protect native species against pests. However, have an unclear position on the need to strengthen the Flora and Fauna Guarantee Act at this stage
  • Voted against Environment Protection Authority reforms in the lower house, and abstained from supporting them in the upper house
  • Have promised to build a 8.8km predator-proof fence in Wilsons Promontory


  • Have consistently championed the need for a strong Act to protect Victoria’s flora and fauna, including supporting Environment Victoria’s calls for strengthened capacity to enforce any violations of the Act
  • Have proposed a comprehensive plan to manage invasive species by creating a new Invasive Species Management Authority and investing $240 million in invasive species management
  • Supported reforms to the Environment Protection Authority and put forward a number of amendments to strengthen the agency

Creating new national parks


  • Explored, but so far failed, to create the Great Forest National Park to protect critical native forests
  • Failed to significantly expand Victoria’s parks in the past four years in government
  • Purchased the Heyfield Mill in Gippsland, with no transition plan for the mill or protection plan for the surrounding forests
  • Will establish a new Coastal Park on the Bass coast, connecting reserves from San Remo to Inverloch. Will halve entry fees for State and National Parks while investing in new camping ground and providing $11.6 million to support conservation groups to revegetate land. While welcome, this plan will not establish any high-conservation protected areas
  • Increased funding for park rangers in the most recent State budget


  • Moved a motion in Parliament to impose a five-year moratorium on establishing national parks in Victoria’s central highlands
  • Voted in Parliament to oppose the creation of the Great Forest National Park
  • Cut funding to Parks Victoria when last in Government


  • Support the establishment of new National Parks across Victoria, starting with the Great Forest National Park, Emerald Link, Strathbogie Ranges National Park and the Murray River Park
  • Consistently championed the establishment of the Great Forest National Park in Parliament over the last four years.
  • Supports an end native forest logging by assisting industry to transition to plantations
  • Will provide $40m to the Trust for Nature to support private land-holders to convert their properties to permanent protected habitats

Restoring our rivers and waterways


  • Sided with the Federal Coalition to limit water recovery under the Murray Darling Basin Plan
  • Provided $30 million for riverside fencing and restoration, which has protected over 1500 km of riparian land
  • Delivered a new Yarra River Protection (Wilip-gun Birrarung murron) Act to improve strategic planning around the river corridor
  • Will fund a new native fish hatchery in Shepparton and end commercial fishing in the Gippsland Lakes by buying out the last of the commercial fishing licences. While welcome, this plan only focuses on fishing rather than building long-term ecological sustainability.


  • Actively prioritising irrigator interests and showing no interest in securing water flows that would safeguard the health of our rivers
  • Pushing for the sale of environmental water to irrigators
  • Have promised to reduce the amount of rubbish entering Port Phillip Bay by 50 percent by funding boat-based suction equipment to remove rubbish from the Yarra River
  • Will provide $30 million to restore native fisheries throughout Victoria, establish a new fish hatchery in Shepparton and reduce pressure on Gippsland lakes by buying commercial fishing licences and investigating restoration works. While welcome, this plan only focuses on fishing rather than building long-term ecological sustainability


  • Have promoted the ecological importance of the Murray Darling Basin Plan in Parliament, and have promised to enshrine environmental water flows in legislation
  • Have committed to doubling funding for Riverside restoration
  • Will create a series of coastal reserves along Victoria’s coast to create a new marine park

This table was last updated 19 November 2018.

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Our role in elections

Why are we involved in this election?

This election is vitally important for Victoria. We’re building real momentum in the transition to renewable energy and supporting communities to move away from coal, which we need to do to avoid the worst impacts of climate change. We are also facing critical decisions about how we protect our precious natural world.

The decisions we make at this state election will have implications for years to come. Therefore, it is important that voters are given clear, fact-based information about all parties’ positions on these vital issues.

Environment Victoria has met with all parties contesting the Victorian Election to encourage them to have strong environmental policies. We have also worked with volunteers from across Victoria to disseminate information about the parties’ policies, so that every Victorian has the opportunity to understand where the parties stand on major environmental issues.

To assess their positions, Environment Victoria asked all parties to complete a policy survey. This survey was based on our policy agenda, and asked parties to detail their environmental policies. Parties have been encouraged to update the survey throughout the election as they release further policies.

To date we have received submissions from:

  • Fiona Patten’s Reason Party (PDF)
  • Health Australia Party (PDF)
  • Liberal Party (PDF)
  • Save the Planet (PDF)
  • Sustainable Australia (PDF)
  • The Australian Greens (PDF)
  • The Australian Labor Party (PDF)
  • Victorian Socialists (PDF)

Click the PDF links above to read their policy responses. At the time of writing, we have not received responses from several minor parties.

The policy survey and research of the parties’ policies and voting record were used to create a detailed scorecard which assesses each party’s policies (see drop-down menu above). This information was also used to create a simple scorecard, which highlights key issues. If you think you’ve spotted inaccuracies or inconsistencies in the scorecard, please email us immediately at d.rizzetti@environmentvictoria.org.au.

What role does Environment Victoria play in elections?

Environment Victoria is a registered charity, which means we’re an independent organisation that exists to pursue our charitable purpose of protecting the environment. While we advocate strongly for environmental sustainability, we do so in a strictly non-partisan way. We regularly comment on and analyse environment policies, however we will not and cannot endorse, support or favour any political candidates or parties. We do issue scorecards, analysis and summaries throughout the election campaign, but these are limited to analysing environmental policy and never aim to support a particular party.

We have held many governments and Oppositions to account over our 50-year history, and while remaining non-partisan, we do not shy away from calling it as we see it on political parties’ environmental policies, whether good or bad.

As a campaigning organisation, we work to make sure every party goes to polling day with the strongest set of commitments to act on climate change and improve environmental protection. Better commitments during elections mean better outcomes in government, because parties can be held to account on their own commitments.

Occasionally, some political parties are reluctant to announce positive policies for climate or environment issues, or they may release policies that are actively damaging on these issues. In this situation, we apply as much pressure to those parties as possible to first encourage them to announce better plans and, secondly, if that fails, to ensure that Victorians are aware of these damaging policies.

How does Environment Victoria develop its scorecard?

Our scorecard and associated material was developed on the basis of our policy surveys, research of announced policies and our assessment of each party’s track record in the last term of Parliament (2014-2018).

What will Environment Victoria be doing on election day?

On election day, at pre-polling booths and via email and social media, we will be distributing scorecards to Victorians across the state. This scorecard does not tell people how to vote, but provides information about each party’s policies for protecting the environment. It focuses on climate change, clean energy and cutting pollution in particular, as these are our longest-running campaigns and areas of greatest policy expertise.

How have you engaged minor parties?

Environment Victoria has taken a number of steps to provide all parties a chance to have their policies analysed. Firstly, we have invited all parties to respond to our policy survey. Secondly, we will be producing a comprehensive scorecard in the final fortnight of the campaign. Finally, we regularly meet with all parties to ensure we maximise opportunities to deliver ambitious environmental policy.