The Government Land Planning Service (GLPS), formerly known as the Fast Track Government Land Service, supports the Minister for Planning in assessing proposals to:
- change planning provisions relating to Victorian Government land
- reserve land proposed to be owned by the Victorian Government in the future, or
- facilitate the delivery of priority projects on Victorian Government land.
This includes ensuring that appropriate planning provisions are in place on government land, correcting anomalies and updating planning provisions to accurately reflect planning use and development.
Sites Open for Comment
You can view proposed planning provision changes for the JH Vagg Memorial Reserve, Cobden and how to make a submission here.
Frequently asked questions
When a request is received, the site is assessed to determine the most appropriate planning stream. The three streams are explained below.
Planning Stream A
Sites considered under stream A require a planning scheme amendment approved under S20(4) or S20(5) of the Planning and Environment Act 1987.
Outcome: the site will be generally consistent with the land use surrounding the site and where zones/overlays are likely to be the same as the surrounding planning provisions.
Timeframe: 4-6 months. These amendments are generally considered by the Minister for Planning 2-3 times per year.Planning Stream B:
Planning Stream B
Sites considered under stream B require a planning scheme amendment/permit to be considered by the Government Land Standing Advisory Committee (Advisory Committee).
The Advisory Committee provides independent advice on the planning proposal to the Minister for Planning. For more information including member biographies and terms of reference refer to the Advisory Committee web page.
The Minster for Planning decides if the site is to be referred to the Advisory Committee for advice.
Outcome: the site is likely to capture a strategic opportunity for enhanced development outcomes, and/ or support delivery of a Government project and future planning provisions complement the surrounding area but are not necessarily the same as that surrounding the site.
Timeframe: 6-8 months (outlined below) on an as needs basis
For more information including member biographies and terms of reference refer to the Advisory Committee web page.
Planning Stream C
Requires a standard planning scheme amendment process with either local council or Minister for Planning as the planning authority.
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Government landowning departments and agencies that require planning scheme changes for their land can apply for assistance through the GLPS. This can include rezoning surplus government land or changes to overlay provisions for existing sites delivering a government outcome. The following steps need to be followed:
- A Surplus Government Land Declaration Form must be completed and signed if the site is determined surplus.
- Mandatory documents as outlined in the application form
- Other relevant reports to support your proposal (i.e. heritage study, arborist report).
- Evidence of any consultation undertaken with local council and other interested groups.
The GLPS will assess the application and send the landowner a recommendation form outlining the proposed Planning Stream Pathway, costs and timing. The landowner will be sent the recommendation form and an acceptance form.
The landowner must complete, sign and submit the acceptance form and provide any additional information that may be requested.
Following receipt of the signed acceptance form, GLPS will confirm with the landowner which planning stream will be used (the Minster for Planning decides Stream B sites).
If you have any further questions, please contact us on
☎ Phone: 03 8392 5593
✉ Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
✉ Post: PO Box 500, East Melbourne, Victoria, 3002
The GLPS is located at 8 Nicholson Street, East Melbourne, Victoria 3002.
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Policy and Guidelines
The Government Land Planning Service provides a transparent process to ensure that government authorities can sell land that they no longer need in a fair way. Ensuring that the land is zoned appropriately also allows development outcomes that are consistent with the strategic directions of local/state policies. These include:
- Victorian Government Landholding Policy and Guidelines
- Victorian Government Land Transactions Policy and Guidelines
- Victorian Government Land Use Policy and Guidelines
- Victorian Government Strategic Assessment Policy and Guidelines
More information and copies of these documents are available below.
In August 2015, the government released the Victorian Government Landholding Policy and Guidelines (PDF, 537.6 KB) that
- ensure that land is only purchased or retained by Victorian Government agencies where State ownership of land:
- contributes directly to current or future service delivery outcomes expected by Government;
(ii) is central to the core business of agencies as explained in agency corporate plans;
(iii) is financially beneficial to the State when compared to alternative investment of State funds; or (iv) in the case of Crown land, is appropriate on the basis that the protection of public land values make the land unsuitable for divestment;
- promote the highest and best use of land by providing the opportunity for the private and community sectors and other government agencies to further unlock the value inherent in the State’s land estate; and
- require active management of land portfolios across Victorian Government agencies which is essential to the good management of the State’s balance sheet.
In April 2016, the government released the Victorian Government Land Transactions Policy and Guidelines (PDF, 609.2 KB) that
- provide a framework to achieve integrity, impartiality, accountability and transparency in land transactions; and
- ensure that land transactions are conducted in accordance with the highest standards of probity, relevant legislation and Victorian Government policy.
In April 2016, the government released the Victorian Government Strategic Crown Land Assessment Policy and Guidelines (PDF, 235.5 KB) to:
- ensure that assessments are undertaken for all Crown land that has been declared surplus to the requirements of a Victorian Government agency by the responsible landholding Minister;
- inform decision making by relevant landholding Ministers and the Minister for Environment, Climate Change and Water on:
- A. public land values of Crown land; and
- B. the protection of public land values;
- determine the status of traditional owner and / or native title rights for Crown land declared surplus to the requirements of a Victorian Government agency.
In 2017, the government released the Victorian Government Land Use Policy and Guidelines (PDF, 1.4 MB) to establish a framework that enables a strategic, whole-of-government approach to government land use decision making, in order to maximise public value for Victorian communities. It seeks to achieve this through:
- ensuring public value is the overarching objective of government land use;
- delivering strategic, whole-of-government advice to maximise public value;
- accessing accurate information about government land; and
- defining clear government land policies, procedures and roles.
The Policy supports and supplements other government land policies, provides overarching direction for government land use and articulates Land Use Victoria’s role in promoting a wholeof-government, public value approach.