The Planning and Environment Act 1987 (Vic).

Affordable housing

Given in the Planning and Environment Act 1987. Affordable housing is housing, including social housing, that is appropriate for the housing needs of very low, low, and moderate-income households.


An agreement made pursuant to section 173 of the Planning and Environment Act 1987.

Governor in Council Order

Found section 3AB of the Planning and Environment Act 1987.

Greater Melbourne

The Australian Bureau of Statistics’ Greater Capital City Statistical Area of Victoria.

Housing Act

The Housing Act 1983 as amended from time to time.


The person or persons registered or entitled from time to time to be registered by the Registrar of Titles as proprietor or proprietors of an estate in fee simple in the Subject Land or any part thereof and includes any mortgagee-in-possession.

Ministerial Notice

A notice published in the Government Gazette pursuant to section 3AA(2) of the Act.

Planning scheme

A planning scheme controls land use and development within a municipal district. It contains state and local planning policies, zones and overlays and other provisions that affect how land can be used and developed. Each planning scheme consists of maps and an ordinance containing planning provisions. The planning scheme is a statutory document and each municipality in the state is covered by one.

Planning scheme amendment

Changes to the planning scheme are called amendments and the process is set out in the Planning and Environment Act 1987. An amendment may involve a change to a planning scheme map (for example: a rezoning), a change to the written part of the scheme, or both.

Registered Housing Agency

A housing provider or association registered with Victoria's Registrar for Housing Agencies for the purposes of the Housing Act.

Responsible Authority

A Responsible Authority is the body responsible for the administration or enforcement of a planning scheme or a provision of a scheme. A Responsible Authority is responsible for considering and determining planning permit applications and for ensuring compliance with the planning scheme, permit conditions and agreements. The Responsible Authority is usually the municipal council. However, in the Melbourne Planning Scheme for example, the Minister for Planning is the Responsible Authority for land in a number of areas including the Melbourne Casino Area, Melbourne Docklands Area, Flemington Racecourse and the Royal Melbourne Showgrounds.

Rest of Victoria

The area not defined as being part of the Australian Bureau of Statistics’ Greater Capital City Statistical Area of Victoria.

Shared equity scheme

Shared equity involves a home buyer plus another entity each taking part ownership or equity in a dwelling. By allowing the home buyer to pay less than 100 percent of the property they require a smaller loan and deposit – thereby allowing them to enter the market earlier.

Social housing

Given in the Housing Act 1983. Social housing means public housing; and housing owned, controlled or managed by a participating registered agency.

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