Planning panels allows the public to participate in the planning and environmental decision making process.
They independently assess planning proposals by considering submissions, conducting hearings and preparing reports.
Planning panels provide advice and make recommendations. The final decision is made by the appropriate statutory bodies, or the Minister.
Planning panels are administered by Planning Panels Victoria, located within the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning.
What is a Panel?
Common questions about panel procedures, for anyone attending a panel hearing for the first time.
Guide to the public hearing
What is likely to happen at a hearing.
How expert evidence is to be prepared, circulated and presented.
Guide to witnesses providing evidence through remote conferencing
Direction for expert witnesses giving evidence remotely.
Guide to recording hearings
How requests to record the hearings are generally dealt with.
Guide to committees and inquiries
Types of advisory committees and environment effects inquiries that can be appointed by the Minister for Planning.
Guide to using MS Teams at PPV
How to participate in Hearings conducted over MS Teams.
Guide for planning authorities: Pre-setting Hearing dates
The process that planning and responsible authorities need to follow when setting panel hearing dates for Planning Scheme Amendment Panels.
Guide for planning authorities: Making a panel request
An overview of what is required from planning authorities when making a panel request.
Hearing Requirements for EES Projects
Requirements for hearings for EES Project Proponents
Guide for planning authorities: Requirements for COVIDSafe Hearings
A guide for planning authorities with requirements for COVIDSafe Hearings.
Page last updated: 30/06/22