Land use and environment


Environment Protection Authority (EPA) Victoria
Makes regulatory decisions under the Environment Protection Act 1970 to protect the environment and to prevent, control and abate pollution.

Victorian Planning & Environmental Law Association (VPELA)
A professional association for professionals in areas related to planning and the environment.


Australian Conservation Foundation
A non-government, not-for-profit environmental organisation dedicated to long-term reform for accountable and ecologically sound management of our cities, industries and our natural heritage.

Department of the Environment and Energy
Designs and implements the Australian Government's policies to protect and conserve the environment, water and heritage and promote climate action.

National Environment Protection Council (NEPC)
Established under the National Environment Protection Council Act 1994 and makes National Environment Protection Measures (NEPMs), and assesses and reports on the implementation and effectiveness of NEPMs.


Environment Institute of Australia and New Zealand (EIANZ)
A professional body established to facilitate interaction among environmental professionals, promote environmental knowledge and awareness, and advance ethical and competent environmental practice.

United Nations Human Settlement Programme UN-HABITAT
Promotes a range of initiatives that foster socially and environmentally sustainable towns and cities with the aim of providing adequate shelter for everyone.

Building, housing and property


Architects Registration Board of Victoria (ARBV)
Registers architects, approves architectural companies/partnerships and investigates complaints against architects in Victoria.

Building Designers Association of Victoria (BDAV)
A non-profit industry association which represents building design and drafting professionals.

Committee for Melbourne
Brings together over 120 Greater Melbourne organisations from the business sector, science, academia, community and government to help shape Melbourne.

Planning Enforcement Officers Association Inc (PEOA)
Promotes the exchange of skills and ideas and a standardised approach to planning enforcement in Victoria.

Master Builders Association of Victoria (MBAV)
A peak industry association within the building and construction industry in Australia.

Real Estate Institute of Victoria (REIV)
The industry association for Victoria's real estate agents.

Urban Development Institute of Australia (UDIA) - (Victoria)
An independent association of private enterprise organisations directly involved in the production, financing and marketing of all facets of property development

Victorian Building Authority (VBA)
Regulates building and plumbing practitioners in Victoria. The VBA replaced the Building Commission and the Plumbing Industry Commission from 1 July 2013.

Victorian Council of Social Service
The peak body in the social and community services sector in Victoria, pursuing just and fair social outcomes through policy development and collaborative advocacy.


Australian Building Codes Board (ABCB)
A joint initiative of all levels of Australian government, in cooperation with the building industry to achieve community expectations of safety, health and amenity in the design, construction and use of buildings through nationally consistent, efficient and cost effective technical building requirements and regulatory systems.

Australian Institute of Architects
A peak national association representing architects and the integrity and standing of the profession.

Housing Industry Association (HIA)
A national building industry association supporting the businesses and interests of builders, contractors, manufacturers and business partners in the industry.

Planning Institute Australia (PIA)
The Australian planning professional organisation that seeks the general advancement of regional and town planning and to promote the artistic and scientific development of regions, cities and towns.

Property Council of Australia
A peak industry association representing the interests of the property community, principally those who use land or invest in the built environment to generate economic returns.

Research and demographics


RMIT: Centre for Urban Research
Where urban researchers from across RMIT University's School of Global, Urban and Social Studies collaborate as part of a national hub for applied and policy-relevant urban research.

Swinburne: Centre for Urban Transitions
Investigates innovative planning and governance strategies for creating more liveable, sustainable, equitable, healthy and productive cities.

University of Melbourne: Future Cities
Where researchers collaboratively tackle how we can build and live in sustainable, creative and equitable urban environments.

Women's Planning Network
Provides a record of research, publications and professional development to assist women in planning and related professions. The network supports women through a mentoring program, events, newsletter, a website and an email list.


Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS)
Australia's official statistical organisation.

Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute (AHURI)
A national research organisation committed to analysing and understanding housing and related urban outcomes throughout Australia.

Australian Institute of Family Studies
The Australian Government’s key research body into the area of family well-being.

Australian Population Association (APA)
Australia’s leading professional association for demographers, promoting research into population.

Urban design


Urban Design Forum
A non-profit organisation formed to encourage better design of our cities and towns and to provide a forum where ideas and comment about urban design can be expressed.

Government departments, agencies and bodies


Aboriginal Victoria
Works on Aboriginal policy reform, community strengthening and engagement, and cultural heritage management and protection.

Local Government Professionals Inc
An organisation for professionals working in local government in Victoria.

Local Government Victoria
Part of the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning, works cooperatively with the 79 local councils to ensure that Victorians enjoy world-class responsive and accountable local government services.

Municipal Association of Victoria (MAV)
The peak representative and lobbying body for Victoria's 79 local councils. This link provides access to the websites of Victoria's 79 local councils.

Victorian Civil and Administration Tribunal (VCAT)
An independent body responsible for dealing with disputes about a range of matters including building and property, owners corporations, and planning and environment lists.

Victorian Local Governance Association
A peak body for local government in Victoria

Victoria Online - State Government of Victoria
The website of the State government of Victoria and an entry point to all state government services and information.

Victorian Planning Authority (VPA)
Works with councils, local communities, government agencies, landowners and developers to plan development in Victoria and implement Melbourne’s long-term planning strategy - Plan Melbourne.


Australian Commonwealth Government
The home page for the Australian Commonwealth Government.

Standards Australia
Provides access to all Australian Standards provided by Standards Australia International Limited.

Statutory and regulatory information


Australasian Legal Information Institute (AustLII)
Provides free access to Australian legal information online. AustLII aims to make all public legal information available, including legislation and decisions of courts and tribunals as well as secondary information that is in the public realm or able to be licensed free of charge.

Victorian Legislation and Parliamentary Documents
Records of current and past sittings of the Victorian Parliament, including Bills, Notices and Hansard Records.

Page last updated: 02/03/22