Land use and environment
Environment Protection Authority (EPA) Victoria makes regulatory decisions under the Environment Protection Act 1970 to protect the environment and to prevent, control and abate pollution.
Victorian Planning & Environmental Law Association (VPELA) is a professional association for professionals in areas related to planning and the environment.
Australian Conservation Foundation is a non-government, not-for-profit environmental organisation dedicated to long-term reform for accountable and ecologically sound management of our cities, industries and our natural heritage.
Department of the Environment designs and implements the Australian Government's policies to protect and conserve the environment, water and heritage and promote climate action.
Environs Australia: the Local Government Environment Network is a membership-based independent national association interested in promoting sustainable development through local action.
National Environment Protection Council (NEPC) is established under the National Environment Protection Council Act 1994 and makes National Environment Protection Measures (NEPMs), and assesses and reports on the implementation and effectiveness of NEPMs.
Environment Institute of Australia and New Zealand (EIANZ) is a professional body established to facilitate interaction among environmental professionals, promote environmental knowledge and awareness, and advance ethical and competent environmental practice.
United Nations Human Settlement Programme UN-HABITAT promotes a range of initiatives that foster socially and environmentally sustainable towns and cities with the aim of providing adequate shelter for everyone.
Building, housing and property
Architects Registration Board of Victoria (ARBV) registers architects, approves architectural companies/partnerships and investigates complaints against architects in Victoria.
Building Designers Association of Victoria (BDAV) is a non-profit industry association which represents building design and drafting professionals.
Committee for Melbourne brings together over 120 Greater Melbourne organisations from the business sector, science, academia, community and government to help shape Melbourne.
Planning Enforcement Officers Association Inc (PEOA) promotes the exchange of skills and ideas and a standardised approach to planning enforcement in Victoria.
Master Builders Association of Victoria (MBAV) is a peak industry association within the building and construction industry in Australia.
Real Estate Institute of Victoria (REIV) is the industry association for Victoria's real estate agents.
Urban Development Institute of Australia (UDIA) - (Victoria) is an independent association of private enterprise organisations directly involved in the production, financing and marketing of all facets of property development
Victorian Building Authority (VBA) regulates building and plumbing practitioners in Victoria. The VBA replaced the Building Commission and the Plumbing Industry Commission from 1 July 2013.
Victorian Council of Social Service is the peak body in the social and community services sector in Victoria, pursuing just and fair social outcomes through policy development and collaborative advocacy.
Australian Building Codes Board (ABCB) is a joint initiative of all levels of Australian government, in cooperation with the building industry to achieve community expectations of safety, health and amenity in the design, construction and use of buildings through nationally consistent, efficient and cost effective technical building requirements and regulatory systems.
Australian Institute of Architects is a peak national association representing architects and the integrity and standing of the profession.
Housing Industry Association (HIA) is a national building industry association supporting the businesses and interests of builders, contractors, manufacturers and business partners in the industry.
Planning Institute Australia (PIA) is the Australian planning professional organisation that seeks the general advancement of regional and town planning and to promote the artistic and scientific development of regions, cities and towns.
Property Council of Australia is a peak industry association representing the interests of the property community, principally those who use land or invest in the built environment to generate economic returns.
Research and demographics
Women's Planning Network has a record of research, publications and professional development to assist women in planning and related professions. The network supports women through a mentoring program, events, newsletter, a website and an email list.
Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) is Australia's official statistical organisation.
Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute (AHURI) is a national research organisation committed to analysing and understanding housing and related urban outcomes throughout Australia.
Australian Institute of Family Studies is the Australian Government’s key research body into the area of family wellbeing.
Australian Population Association (APA) is Australia’s leading professional association for demographers, promoting research into population.
Centre for Population and Urban Research is a research unit within the School of Political and Social Inquiry in the Arts Faculty of Monash University specialising in the analysis of large scale data bases. Its focus is on the regional and urban impacts of the larger demographic, social and economic changes affecting Australian society.
Urban Design Forum is a non-profit organisation formed to encourage better design of our cities and towns and to provide a forum where ideas and comment about urban design can be expressed.
Government departments, agencies and bodies
Aboriginal Victoria works on Aboriginal policy reform, community strengthening and engagement, and cultural heritage management and protection.
Local Government Professionals Inc. is an organisation for professionals working in local government in Victoria.
Local Government Victoria, part of the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning, works cooperatively with the 79 local councils to ensure that Victorians enjoy world-class responsive and accountable local government services.
Municipal Association of Victoria (MAV) is the peak representative and lobbying body for Victoria's 79 local councils. This link provides access to the websites of Victoria's 79 local councils.
Victorian Civil and Administration Tribunal (VCAT) (formerly known as the Administrative Appeals Tribunal) is an independent body responsible for dealing with disputes about a range of matters including building and property, owners corporations, and planning and environment lists.
Victorian Local Governance Association is a peak body for local government in Victoria
Victoria Online - State Government of Victoria is the website of the State government of Victoria and an entry point to all state government services and information.
Victorian Planning Authority (VPA) works with councils, local communities, government agencies, landowners and developers to plan development in Victoria and implement Melbourne’s long-term planning strategy - Plan Melbourne.
Statutory and regulatory information
Australasian Legal Information Institute (AustLII) provides free access to Australian legal information online. AustLII aims to make all public legal information available, including legislation and decisions of courts and tribunals as well as secondary information that is in the public realm or able to be licensed free of charge.
Victorian Legislation and Parliamentary documents for current and past sittings of the Victorian Parliament, including Bills, Notices and Hansard Records.