Fishermans Bend is Australia’s largest urban renewal project, covering approximately 480 hectares in the heart of Melbourne. It will consist of five precincts across two municipalities – the City of Melbourne and the City of Port Phillip.

It is expected that Fishermans Bend will be home to around 80,000 residents and provide employment for up to 80,000 people by 2050.

Draft planning scheme amendment GC81 seeks to introduce planning scheme controls in the Melbourne and Port Phillip planning schemes to support the implementation of the draft Fishermans Bend Framework .

The Minister for Planning has appointed the Fishermans Bend Planning Review Panel to report on the appropriateness of draft Planning Scheme Amendment GC81.

Make a submission

Read the draft planning scheme amendment

Have your say

Submissions close 5pm Friday, 15 December 2017.

Terms of reference

The Minister for Planning signed Terms of Reference (DOCX, 57.0 KB) for the Fishermans Bend Planning Review Panel on 22 October 2017.

Planning Review Panel members

The Minister has appointed the following members to the Review Panel:

  • Kathy Mitchell (Chair)
  • Lester Townsend (Deputy Chair)
  • Sarah Carlisle
  • Rodger Eade
  • Peter Edwards

Member biographies (DOC, 53.5 KB)

Submissions period

Submissions in response to the draft Amendment GC81 can be made between 31 October and 15 December 2017 on the Fishermans Bend Draft Framework Plan web page.

Public briefing sessions about the draft planning scheme amendment and Planning Review Panel process will be held:

10.00am, Friday 10 and Friday 24 November 2017
Hearing Room 1, Planning Panels Victoria
Ground Floor, 1 Spring Street 

Directions Hearing

A Directions Hearing will be held at:

10.00am on Wednesday 20 December 2017
Hearing Room 1, Planning Panels Victoria
Ground Floor, 1 Spring Street 

Public Hearing

A Public Hearing will be held to provide the opportunity to parties that have lodged a submission to make a more detailed submission to the review panel.

The Hearings are expected to be held in the week commencing 12 February 2018 and continue as required.

Details about the date and location of the Public Hearing will be made available after the Directions Hearing.

Review Panel Report

In accordance with its Terms of Reference, the Review Panel is required to submit its report to the Minister for Planning no later than 40 business days from the last day of the Public Hearings.

Once the report is released to the public it will be published on this web page.


Details of the final decision made by the Minister for Planning will be made available here.

More information

For information about draft Amendment GC81 and the Fishermans Bend Framework Plan, please contact:

The Fishermans Bend Taskforce
(03) 9948 2857

For information about the Planning Review Panel and Public Hearing process, please contact:

Planning Panels Victoria
(03) 8392 5123