Our role

We consider how the planning system supports the growth of Animal Industries in Victoria in the context of a changing industry, increased production, and response to market changes.

We also consider all planning schemes with regard to emerging farming systems and practices, incremental changes to existing operations and changing consumer preference.

Terms of reference

The Advisory Committee was required to provide advice to the Minister for Planning and the Minister for Agriculture, in accordance with the approved Terms of Reference (PDF, 562.8 KB).

Committee members

The Advisory Committee comprises:

  • Lester Townsend (Chair)
  • Hugh Millar
  • Katherine Navarro
  • Lucinda Peterson.

View our Advisory committee member biographies (DOC, 40.0 KB).


Discussion paper released Discussion Paper (PDF, 1.3 MB) available for public comment. The period for making a submission closed on 5 February 2016. 146 submissions were received.
Public Hearings The hearings were held on 22, 23, 24, 25 and 26 February 2016 Advisory Committee Hearings Timetable - Version 5 (PDF, 404.6 KB)
Submission of final report In accordance with the Terms of Reference the Advisory Committee's Final Report was to be submitted within 40 business days of the completion of the Hearings. Final report submitted on 29 April 2016.

Final report

The Advisory Committee submitted its Final Report (PDF, 2.0 MB) to the Minister for Planning and the Minister for Agriculture on 29 April 2016.

Victorian Government response

The Victorian Government response, Planning for Sustainable Animal Industries (October 2016) and more information can be viewed on the Agriculture Victoria website.

More information

If you have any queries please contact:

Elissa Bell
Planning Panels Victoria
☎ Phone: (03) 9223 5317
✉ Email: planning.panels@delwp.vic.gov.au

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