A set of standard provisions for planning schemes called the Victoria Planning Provisions (VPP) is created by the Minister for Planning under the Planning and Environment Act 1987 (the Act). These provisions form a template for all planning schemes.

From time to time the Minister issues directions to planning authorities about the form and content of planning schemes, guiding how they’re constructed.

The VPP is a state-wide reference document or template used to source and construct planning schemes. It’s not a planning scheme and doesn’t apply to any land.

The VPP and the Ministerial Direction on the Form and Content of Planning Schemes ensure that the construction and layout of planning schemes is consistent across Victoria. It provides the framework, standard provisions and State planning policy. The planning authority (usually the local council) must provide the local planning policy content, including a Municipal Strategic Statement, and select the appropriate zones and overlays from the VPP for inclusion in their planning scheme. The VPP also has references to incorporated documents (see tab) common to all planning schemes.

The suite of standard zones in the VPP is designed to be flexible so State and Local Policy Frameworks need to provide clear guidance for decision makers and applicants. Councils can only select zones and overlays from the VPP.

Amendments to the VPP are made as needed to keep the VPP up to date and abreast with changes in policy and practice.

Amending the VPP is similar to the planning scheme amendment process, but only the Minister for Planning - or other Minister, public authority or local council authorised by the Minister - can prepare an amendment to the VPP. Only the Minister for Planning can approve an amendment to the VPP.

An amendment to the provisions of the VPP will also amend specified planning schemes which include those provisions. When the VPP amendment is approved, the schemes are amended at the same time.

The Minister, the responsible authority, each local council and any person whom the Minister specifies, must keep an up to date copy of the VPP available for public inspection during office hours.

If you keep a paper copy of the Victoria Planning Provisions (VPP) or any Victorian planning scheme, replacement page instruction sheets are available for every amendment to a planning scheme ordinance gazetted since 21 August 2006.

The instruction sheet will help you identify which amended planning scheme pages need to be printed if you need to update a hard copy of your planning scheme or VPP.

The replacement page instruction sheets can be located in Planning Schemes Online.

  1. Select the Planning Scheme from the drop down menu.
  2. Enter the amendment number or a keyword in the Keyword field.
  3. Select the amendment from the list of results
  4. Select the Approval tab at the bottom of the page.
  5. The replacement page instruction sheet can be found under the heading Instruction sheet.
  6. Click the link to download and print this sheet.