The Victoria Planning Provisions (VPP) and ResCode have served Victorians well for more than two decades. They have delivered simpler, more consistent and usable planning schemes based on state standard provisions. However, as expectations on the planning system have grown, the complexity of issues and how some scheme provisions have responded has created uncertainty, hindered usability and created an obstacle to delivering digital ready planning schemes.

There is a need to improve the operation of assessment provisions in planning schemes to make them consistent, digital ready and support streamlined decision making.

DELWP has developed a new assessment model that is introduced in the discussion paper Improving the operation of ResCode. The discussion paper proposes to apply the new model to residential development planning permit applications by replacing the ResCode assessment requirements based on objectives, standards and decision guidelines with a new Performance Assessment Module (PAM).

The new model will provide a more clear, certain and efficient way to assess planning permit applications under clauses 54, 55 and 58 (ResCode) of the VPP and could also be applied to other parts of Victoria’s planning schemes, such as overlays and particular provisions.

How to participate

Provide feedback on the discussion paper through the Engage Victoria survey.

Next steps

We will consider community and stakeholder feedback received during the consultation process as we refine the options for improving the new assessment model. We will collate and analyse feedback received during the consultation period in the coming months, and this will inform decisions about implementation.

Privacy collection notice

The Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP) is committed to protecting personal information provided by you in accordance with the principles of Victoria’s privacy laws. The information you provide will be used to inform decision making for the ResCode reform project and to contact you should we need to clarify your submission, or to provide you with project updates.

Your contact details may be used by the department or its contracted service providers under confidentiality agreements to survey you about your experience with the department. The information you provide will be available to the Minister for Planning, DELWP staff and contracted service providers under confidentiality agreements.

To protect individual privacy, DELWP will remove all personally identifiable information (e.g. individual name, email address) from submissions if they are published on the DELWP website.  Please make sure you do not include any free text that would identify you or anyone else.  If you are making a submission on behalf of a group or organisation, then your comments may be published, including the name of your organisation.  De-identified submissions may be used by DELWP, or its contracted service providers under confidentiality agreements, in preparing its recommendations to government.

If you freely and voluntarily provide any ‘sensitive information’ under the Act in your submission the department will consider that provision to be consent to collect the information and will then protect it under the Information Privacy Principles in the Act. Sensitive information is information relating to racial or ethnic origin, political opinions, membership of a political association or trade association/union, religious or philosophical beliefs or affilaiations, sexual preference or criminal record.

Please note, if you do not provide your email address, we will not be able to identify your submission if you wish to access it, make a correction, or require technical support.

Should you need to correct the information you provided or gain access to your submission, please contact us via email at planning.systems@delwp.vic.gov.au

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