Offshore wind - Southern Ocean Region

Thursday 31 August, 11.59 pm.

A map of the proposed Offshore Renewable Energy map

Please note this is an external consultation run by the Australian Government. 

The Australian Government are seeking your feedback on the area proposed for future offshore renewable energy projects, in the Southern Ocean Region. The region extends from Warrnambool in Victoria to Port MacDonnell, South Australia.

The Minister for Climate Change and Energy has proposed an area in Australian Commonwealth waters to support future renewables development to supply electricity to the region, which could include offshore wind, wave or tidal generation projects.

The Australian Government has set a target of net zero emissions by 2050, reduce emissions by 43% by 2030, and reach 82% of electricity generation from renewable sources. Offshore renewable energy projects can assist in achieving these goals. Offshore renewable energy has strong generation potential around Australia, including the Southern Ocean Region.

This proposal is a first step of engagement for government to seek public feedback on the marine uses and users across the region, and further public feedback will be sought by developers as individual projects are proposed and developed.

The Minister will consider public submissions to help inform their decision as to whether the proposed area is suitable for offshore renewable energy developments.

To have your say:

  • read the consultation documents

  • take the survey or make a submission now via the link below

  • Attend a community drop-in session (details below)

  • submit your feedback by 11.59pm on 31 August 2023.


The community within the region and interested stakeholders can attend drop-in question and answer sessions with staff from DCCEEW and the Victorian Government from Tuesday 1 August to Thursday 3 August 2023: 

Warrnambool, Victoria 
4.30pm – 6.30pm 
Tuesday 1 August 2023 
Lighthouse Studio, Lighthouse Theatre 
185 Timor Street, Warrnambool, VIC 

Port Fairy, Victoria 
12.00pm – 2.30pm 
Wednesday 2 August 2023 
Port Fairy Yacht Club 
1 Griffiths Street, Port Fairy, VIC 

Portland, Victoria 
4.30pm – 6.30pm  
Wednesday 2 August 2023 
Portland Golf Club 
755 Madeira Packet Rd, Portland, VIC 

Mount Gambier, South Australia 
12.00pm – 2.00pm
Thursday 3 August 2023 
City Hall – The Riddoch Arts & Cultural Centre (entry via Cave Garden / Thugi) 
Watson Centre, Mount Gambier, SA 

Port MacDonnell, South Australia 
4:00pm – 5:45pm  
Thursday 3 August 2023 
Port MacDonnell Football Club 
Elizabeth Street, Port MacDonnell, SA