Our role

The advisory committee reviewed the potential implementation of the Infrastructure Design Manual into planning schemes across Victoria.


In September 2004, Campaspe Shire, Greater Shepparton City and Greater Bendigo City Councils began to develop a common engineering manual documenting infrastructure standards. These standards could be uniformly used across the three municipalities.  In December 2006, the draft Infrastructure Design Manual was exhibited for a seven week consultation period. As of October 2014, the Infrastructure Design Manual was being used by 43 councils around regional Victoria.

The Infrastructure Design Manual was written to clearly document and standardise regional councils' requirements for municipal infrastructure. It aims to expedite councils' engineering approvals. It also ensures that minimum design criteria are met for the design and construction of that infrastructure.

Amendment C112 to the Greater Shepparton Planning Scheme was exhibited from October to December 2014. The Amendment sought to formally introduce the Infrastructure Design Manual into the Greater Shepparton Planning Scheme as a reference document. The Amendment was prepared by council with a view to being used as a pilot for other councils to follow suit.

The Panel appointed to consider the submissions, submitted the Greater Shepparton C112 Panel Report (PDF, 322.8 KB) to the City of Greater Shepparton in June 2015.  The report will be used as a basis for further consultation on the introduction of the Infrastructure Design Manual into other planning schemes.

Terms of reference

The terms of reference (PDF, 119.5 KB) for the committee.

Committee members

  • Trevor McCullough (Chair)
  • Michael Kirsch



Amendment C112 to the Greater Shepparton Planning Scheme was exhibited from October to December 2014.

Making a submission

A call for submissions on the matter closed 5 August 2015.


The Committee held a workshop on 27 August 2015 to discuss the most appropriate mechanisms to implement the Infrastructure Design Manual into planning schemes.

The Committee also met with a representative of the East Gippsland Shire Council and had informal discussions with officers of the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning.


The Advisory Committee submitted its report on 6 October 2015.  The report (PDF, 911.5 KB) was released in September 2016.


Greater Shepparton Planning Scheme Amendment C112 is considering the introduction of the Manual.

The Implementation Design Manual Board will consider the introduction of the Manual into other regional Planning Schemes.

More information

If you have any questions or would like further information, please get in touch via the contact details below.

Planning Panels Victoria 
☎ Phone: (03) 8392 5116
✉ Email: planning.panels@delwp.vic.gov.au

Page last updated: 12/09/19