The safety and amenity of residents living in areas near major hazard facilities is a priority for the Victorian Government, along with ensuring the continued viability and growth of these industries.

New state planning policy for major hazard facilities

The Minister for Planning has approved Amendment VC152 which implements a new statewide planning policy for major hazard facilities.

The new state planning policy is located at Clause 13.07-2S of the Planning Policy Framework of the Victoria Planning Provisions and is contained in all planning schemes.

The new state policy:

  • recognises the state significance and overall importance of major hazard facilities to the Victorian economy
  • outlines the need to manage land surrounding major hazard facilities to avoid sensitive uses, and/or uses that could increase the number of people who live and work close to a major hazard facility
  • identifies how threshold distance requirements should be managed for existing and new major hazard facilities.

New requirements for planning scheme amendments

The Minister for Planning has issued Ministerial Direction No. 20 requiring planning authorities to seek, and have regard to the views of WorkSafe Victoria and the Minister for Industry and Employment, when preparing a planning scheme amendment for, or within, the threshold distance of a major hazard facility.

Engaging both WorkSafe Victoria and the Minister for Industry and Employment early in the planning process ensures appropriate advice regarding the use and development of land within threshold distances can be considered and incorporated into an amendment. This approach provides an early opportunity to address potential issues and can assist a planning authority by reducing delays later in the amendment process.

Victorian Government Response

In January 2018, the government released its response to the Major Hazard Facilities Advisory Committee Report on how to better manage land surrounding major hazard facilities.

Panel or Committee

Our role

Terms of reference

The review was undertaken in the following stages:

  • initial targeted consultation
  • discussion paper exhibition period
  • public hearings and workshops
  • submission of Advisory Committee report.

Read the Terms of Reference (PDF, 1.7 MB).

Committee members

  • Nick Wimbush (Chair)
  • Chris Harty
  • Catherine Wilson.

Learn more about the members by reading their biographies (DOC, 37.0 KB).

Advisory Committee Report

View the Advisory Committee report (PDF, 930.5 KB) or (DOCX, 1.2 MB).


Supporting Documents

All supporting documents for this project will be listed here.

Panel documents

Targeted submissions

Discussion paper submissions

The period for making a submission on the Discussion Paper closed on 9 February 2016.

78 submissions were received. The submissions from organisations, government departments and local councils are below:

3 Qenos (PDF, 246.4 KB)
7 Moreland City Council (PDF, 37.0 KB)
8 Yarra Ranges Council (PDF, 1.6 MB)
9 Crib Point Engineering (PDF, 687.4 KB)
11 Latrobe City Council (PDF, 1.4 MB)
12 Municipal Association of Victoria (PDF, 179.1 KB)
13 Wodonga City Council (PDF, 302.9 KB)
14 WorkSafe (PDF, 521.3 KB)
15 VPELA (PDF, 175.7 KB)
16 VicTrack (PDF, 899.5 KB)
18 Moonee Valley City Council (PDF, 2.8 MB)
23 Save Williamstown Inc (PDF, 11.0 MB)
26 CFA (PDF, 189.8 KB)
27 ProUrban (PDF, 424.0 KB)
29 Brimbank City Council (PDF, 6.1 MB)
30 Moyne Shire Council (PDF, 583.4 KB)
31 Greater Geelong City Council (PDF, 6.2 MB)
32 Maribyrnong City Council (PDF, 510.5 KB)
33 IF Thomas and Associates (PDF, 3.4 MB)
34 Casey City Council (PDF, 5.6 MB)
35 Maribyrnong Truck Action Group (PDF, 237.6 KB)
36 South Gippsland Shire Council (PDF, 72.4 KB)
38 Wellington Shire Council (PDF, 2.3 MB)
40 Cardinia Shire Council (PDF, 104.6 KB)
43 Energy Safe Victoria (PDF, 851.1 KB)
44 Melton City Council (PDF, 1.8 MB)
45 Melbourne Water (PDF, 226.9 KB)
46 BAE Systems Australia (PDF, 520.1 KB)
47 Melbourne City Council (PDF, 1.6 MB)
48 Mornington Peninsula Shire Council (PDF, 1.6 MB)
50 Wyndham City Council (PDF, 443.3 KB)
51 Toll Holdings Ltd (PDF, 253.3 KB)
52 Hobsons Bay Shire Council (PDF, 3.6 MB)
53 Coliban Water (PDF, 1.8 MB)
54 AV Jennings Waterline Pty Ltd (PDF, 2.8 MB)
55 PACIA (PDF, 180.3 KB)
56 Australian Pipelines and Gas Association (PDF, 245.2 KB)
57 Esso (PDF, 143.7 KB)
58 Mobil Refining Australia (PDF, 224.9 KB)
59 EPA Victoria (PDF, 59.1 MB)
60 South Kings Properties (PDF, 1.9 MB)
61 Newport Properties (PDF, 1.7 MB)
62 Newport Townhomes (PDF, 1.7 MB)
65 Property Council Of Australia (PDF, 414.9 KB)
67 Metropolitan Fire Brigade (PDF, 261.4 KB)
68 Port Of Hastings Development Authority (PDF, 331.7 KB)
69 Viva Energy (PDF, 103.0 KB)
70 APA VTS Australia (Operations) Pty Ltd (PDF, 16.0 MB)
71 Port of Melbourne Corporation (PDF, 10.9 MB)
73 DEDJTR (PDF, 2.0 MB)
74 Metropolitan Planning Authority (PDF, 1.0 MB)
75 Victorian Water Industry Association (PDF, 201.6 KB)
76 Urban Development Institute of Australia (PDF, 248.3 KB)