Consulting on permanent planning provisions
In December 2019, interim planning provisions were introduced to streamline planning permit applications for non-government schools funded under the Victorian Government Non-Government Schools Capital Fund. Draft planning provisions have been prepared to replace the interim planning provisions. Once implemented, the draft provisions will operate on a permanent basis.
You are invited to view draft documents and make a submission by close of business Friday 22 May 2020 to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The documents include an amended State policy for education facilities, changed responsible authority status, a new fast track assessment process along with a representative example of amendments to be made to the residential zones.
The Non-government schools information sheet (DOCX, 286.8 KB) explains the proposed changes.
The draft permanent provisions can be viewed here:
- Draft Clause 19.02 Community infrastructure (PDF, 169.6 KB)
- Draft Clause 32.07 Residential Growth Zone (PDF, 223.0 KB)
- Draft Clause 53.19 Non-Government Schools (PDF, 100.1 KB)
- Draft Clause 66.02 Use and development referrals (PDF, 190.4 KB)
- Draft Clause 72.01 Responsible authority for this planning scheme (PDF, 103.5 KB)
Non-government schools play a significant role in educating Victoria’s primary and secondary school students, comprising approximately 37% of student enrolments in 2018. Population projections indicate that enrolments will continue to grow and schools are under pressure to expand to accommodate demand.
To address these challenges, the Victorian Government made an election commitment on 8 October 2018 to:
…help build more schools for our growing suburbs sooner, by altering planning laws and creating a dedicated planning unit within the department to help fast-track non-government school approvals for new schools and upgrades.
The department has been tasked with reviewing the planning framework to identify opportunities to fast-track non-government school approvals.
Amendment VC165 - interim provisions
Amendment VC165 was gazetted on 3 December 2019. The amendment is the first step within a broader planning system review that aims to streamline the planning process for non-government schools.
The changes include a new particular provision at Clause 53.19 (Non-Government Schools), and an amendment to the responsible authority status in Clause 72.01. The amendment will support the expansion and upgrade of primary and secondary schools that receive funding under the Victorian Government Non-Government Schools Capital Fund 2019-20 to 2022-23.
Application types that are subject to the streamlined process are outlined at Clause 53.19.
The streamlined process will apply to projects that receive funding under the Victorian Government Non-Government Schools Capital Fund 2019-20 to 2022-23 and are a planning permit application to:
- Use or develop land for a new primary school or secondary school.
- Construct a building on land used for a primary school or secondary school provided the combined gross floor area of all new buildings is 5,000 square metres or greater.
- Construct additional classrooms on land used for a primary school or secondary school.
- Increase the permitted number of students associated with additional classrooms on land used for a primary school or secondary school.
- Remove or replace non-conforming or non-compliant building products on land used for a primary school or secondary school.
The Minister for Planning is the responsible authority for these permit applications. Applications will be exempt from the requirement to give notice and the right for third parties to appeal decisions at the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal (VCAT).
A dedicated planning unit within the department's Development Approvals and Design team will assess the applications.
The VC165 Advisory note outlines the process for submitting applications to the Minister for Planning:
If you have questions or need advice about the planning process for non-government school applications where the Minister is the responsible authority, please contact us using the details below.
☎ Phone: 1800 789 386
Page last updated: 04/05/20