The Better Apartments Design Standards improve the liveability and sustainability of apartments across Victoria. The standards set out how apartments can be designed to provide good functional places to live.

The Victorian Government is committed to ensuring that apartments deliver diverse and affordable housing options to meet the long-term needs of the Victorian community.

Better Apartments in Neighbourhoods - Public consultation now open

The next phase of the Better Apartment Design Standards will make sure apartment developments have a positive impact on their local area.

The proposed external amenity standards will address:

  • green space
  • building appearance
  • wind impacts
  • street interface
  • construction impacts

Submissions close:
Friday 27 September 2019 at 5.00pm

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Better Apartments in Neighbourhoods

The government has announced changes to the planning rules for apartment developments, with a focus on the relationship between new apartment developments and the amenity of existing neighbourhoods.

Public Exhibition

Submissions opens on

12.00am - Thursday 01 August 2019

Submissions close on

5.00pm - Friday 27 September 2019

These changes build on the Better Apartments Design Standards in the Victoria Planning Provisions, which were introduced by the government in 2017 to improve the internal design of new apartments and make them more liveable and sustainable.

In order to deliver on this commitment, a discussion paper has been prepared which proposes some potential changes to the Better Apartments Design Standards and the Apartment Design Guidelines for Victoria.

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Better Apartments Design Standards

The Better Apartments Design Standards were implemented in the Victoria Planning Provisions and all planning schemes via Amendment VC136 on 13 April 2017.

More information about Amendment VC136:

Apartment Design Guidelines for Victoria

Buyer and Renters Guide

The Better Apartment Living Buyers and Renters Guide is available to help consumers make informed choices. The guide contains tips to assist people when considering renting or buying an apartment, and contains links to further information including checklists and rental advice provided by Consumer Affairs Victoria.

Apartment Design Advisory Service

Applications are now welcome!

Councils, designers and developers involved in the early stages of an apartment design can apply to have a free collaborative workshop with the ADAS design advisory team. The ADAS advice is non-statutory and completely voluntary.

ADAS is available for developments located in inner areas, established suburbs or regional areas. The ADAS will help make planning approvals easier and is part of the Better Apartment Project to make housing better for all Victorians

Read more below about how to get involved or get in touch with our service coordinator at adas@delwp.vic.gov.au or by calling 03 9412 4057.