Better Apartments Design Standards illustrationThe 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.

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

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Submissions are now closed

Submissions closed on 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.


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.

Better Apartments Phase 3

As part of the next phase of the better Apartments program, the department in partnership with the Office of the Victorian Government Architect has commenced engagement with targeted industry groups to gain a better understanding of the current challenges of delivering apartment buildings in the middle ring suburbs. A summary of the Industry's feedback is provided in the links below:

Further engagement with stakeholders is proposed in 2020.

Future Homes

The Future Homes Project will produce better apartment designs that support the building of apartments that become world leaders in design, sustainability and liveability.

The project has 2 phases

competition phase: a competition for Victorian architects
and building designers to create plans and designs for apartment buildings. A student competition will also target
up and coming leaders in design and architecture.

planning implementation phase:  implementing the designs, including changes to the planning system, such as possible fast track planning processes.