What is State Project Facilitation?

State Project Facilitation:

  • Guides project proponents to progress State projects through the planning system.
  • Develops and manages streamlined processes for planning assessments.
  • Provides advice to Victorian government departments and local government authorities on planning requirements for state planning projects.
  • Coordinates assessments in line with environmental and native vegetation requirements.
  • Processes project area designation submissions under the Major Transport Projects Facilitation Act 2009 on behalf of the Minister for Planning.
  • Ensures that government land is zoned appropriately or reserves land proposed to be acquired for State projects.

Current Projects

Many projects on state government land are considered by the Minister for Planning due to their importance to the State of Victoria.

For examples of state infrastructure projects facilitated by State Project Planning Facilitation see:

Coburg train station new main entrance, November 2020
Bell Street entrance to Coburg train station

Planning Scheme Amendments

The following state infrastructure projects were recently facilitated by State Project Facilitation Service:

Toorak Road, Kooyong Level Crossing Removal Project is part of the Victorian Government’s commitment to remove 75 dangerous and congested level crossings across Melbourne by 2025 to improve road, rail and pedestrian safety and public transport facilities.

The Victorian Pride Centre, St Kilda is a new civic and community facility that will be the first of its kind in Australia. It will provide positive social benefits for the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Intersex and Queer (LGBTIQ) community and the Victorian community.

Ikon Park, Carlton North (previously Princes Park) provides for a facilities upgrade and transformation into the new home for AFLW.

Chisholm Road Prison, Lara is a new facility needed to accommodate the growing prison system and deliver rehabilitation, education and transition programs.

Facilitated approval pathways

State Project Facilitation Service works with proponents to facilitate planning approvals

Clause 52.03 ‘Level Crossing Removal Project’ added to the Victoria Planning Provisions in 2020 establishes a standard planning approval process to assess all level crossing removal projects. Clause 52.03 supports the State Government’s commitment to remove 75 of the most dangerous level crossings, and upgrade rail corridors. Further information about Clause 52.03 is found in Amendment VC170

Clause 52.35 ‘Major Road Projects’ and Clause 52.36 ‘Rail Projects’ were added to the Victoria Planning Provisions in May 2021 and establish a standard planning approval process to assess all road and rail projects carried out or on behalf of Major Road Projects Victoria and Rail Projects Victoria respectively. Further information about Clauses 52.35 and 52.36 are found in Amendment VC198

Clause 52.30 'State Projects' added to the Victoria Planning Provisions in 2021 establishes a standard planning approval process to prioritise the planning and assessments of state projects to support Victoria’s economic recovery from the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

Further information about Clause 52.30 is found in Amendment VC194

Clause 52.30 supports projects determined by the Minister for Planning to be a state project, usually by or behalf of, or jointly or in partnership with, or funded by the State of Victoria or a public authority, or on Crown land.

More information can be found at Clause 52.30 assessment guideline

Recent State Project decisions

In accordance with Clause 52.30-2 (State Project Decision), the Minister for Planning has determined the following project is considered a state project:

Dennys Place Breakthrough Project

Dennys Place Breakthrough Project is part of the wider Revitalising Central Geelong Action Plan.

Determined on 5 September.

To obtain further details about the project and the community engagement go to:

Suburban Rail Loop East (Cheltenham to Box Hill) Initial Works

To find out more about the Initial Works and to provide your feedback visit Engage Victoria SRL East: Initial Works.

Determined on 15 August 2021.

For more information contact Suburban Rail Loop Authority:

Werribee Open Range Zoo - Sky Safari (Gondola) Project

Werribee Open Range Zoo - Sky Safari (Gondola) Project is part of a bigger Werribee Zoo expansion project.

Determined on 26 June 2021.

To obtain further details about the project contact Zoos Victoria.

In accordance with Clause 52.30-3 (Exemption from planning scheme requirements), project(s) will be exempt from the usual requirements of the planning scheme, subject to the consultation requirements and plans and documents requirements under Clause 52.30 being to the satisfaction of the Minister for Planning.


Native vegetation and environment assessment information

Contact us

State Project Facilitation enquiries

Use the links below to contact the State Project Facilitation Service. Fill in all sections of the form to enable us to assess the request.

Use the Contact Us form

Or to ask for a call back you can send your contact phone number by sending an email to the State projects team.

Government Land Planning Service enquiries

For any further questions, contact the Government Land Planning Service team.

Minister for Planning Property Portfolio

For further questions about the Minister for Planning’s Property Portfolio, contact the Property Portfolio team.