Tasmanian Coastal Works Manual

A Best Practice Management Guide for Changing Coastlines

The Tasmanian Coastal Works Manual has been produced by the Department of Primary Industries, Parks, Water and Environment (DPIPWE), with funding support from the Australian Government's Caring for Our Country program.

The manual is a comprehensive tool for coastal land managers such as parks and reserves managers and local council works crews. The manual aims to increase knowledge and awareness on a wide range of coastal land management issues to ensure that future work undertaken on fragile coastal areas will have minimal impact on environmental values.

The manual aims to encourage more consistent use of best practice management techniques; and improve the resilience of Tasmania's coastline to sustain future effects of climate change and sea level rise.

Manual topics cover the broad spectrum of coastal land management activities and include Aboriginal heritage management, vegetation management, maintenance of facilities, coastal roads, access ways and tracks, climate change and sea level rise adaptation and response, working with the community, coastal processes and geomorphology, and protection of wildlife.

The manual is organised into 15 chapters and a suite of 25 guidelines (some with check-lists) that cover works typically undertaken by those with responsibility for coastal management.

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Individual Chapters​

Each chapter and guideline is available here as an individual PDF for download. The manual is easy to use with each chapter and associated guideline colour-coded and denoted by an icon. Bookmarks make it easy to navigate within each chapter. (Please note, bookmarks will not work across chapters as each PDF is a separate file).

Cover Page

Introduction (Includes information on how to use the manual and an overview of each chapter.)


Chapter 1 - Working on the Coast

Chapter 2 - Climate Change and the Coast

Chapter 3 - Coastal Hazards

Chapter 4 - Community Values

Chapter 5 - Aboriginal Heritage Management

Ch​apter 6 - Coastal Landscape Management

Chapter 7 - Vegetation Management

Chapter 8 - Weed and Disease Management

Chapter 9 - Fire Management

Chapt​er 10 - Wildlife and Pest Management

Chapter 11 - Soil Management and Earthworks

Chapter 12 - Stormwater and Crossings

Chapter 13 - Access Management

Chap​te​r 14 - Structures and Facilities

Chapter​ 15​ - Shoreline modification

Appen​dices (Includes summaries of legislation, community organisations, where to obtain more information, a list of tools and resources and a glossary and acronyms list.)



Guideline 4.1 - Working with Community Groups

Guideline 4.2 - Partnership Agreement Template

Guideline 5.1 - Working with the Aboriginal Community

Guideline 6.1 - Dune Forming Fence

Guideline 6.2 - Portable Dune Forming Fence

Guideline 6.3 - Brush Dune Forming Fence

Guideline 6.4 - Seagrass & Seaweed Removal from Beaches

Guideline 7.1 - Plant Propagation

Guideline 7.2 - Planting Tube-Stock

Guideline 7.3 - Revegetation in coastal areas

Guideline 7.4 - Slashing and Mowing in Coastal Areas

Guideline 8.1 - Weed Management in Coastal Areas

Guideline 8.2 - Weed and Disease Hygiene in Coastal Areas

Guideline 10.1 - Working in Penguin Habitat

Guideline 10.2 - Working in Shorebird Habitat

Guideline 11.1 - Trench Digging

Guideline 11.2 - Acid Sulphate Soils

Guideline 12.1 - Bridges and Causeways

Guideline 12.2 - Culverts

Guideline 13.1 - Track Construction

​​Guideline 13.2 - Track structures - Steps, Boardwalks and Ladders

Guideline 13.3 - Auditing Tracks

Guideline 13.4 - Fencing

Guideline 15.1 - Rock Revetments

Guideline 15.2​ - Geotextile Revetments

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