The Better Apartments Design Standards have been introduced to improve the liveability and sustainability of apartments across Victoria. The standards were developed in consultation with community members, architects, planning and design practitioners, technical experts, the development industry, councils, and state government agencies.

The Better Apartments project is a joint initiative of the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP) and the Office of the Victorian Government Architect (OVGA).

Better Apartments Design Standards implemented

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:

Below is a summary of the standards:

Implementation and supporting initiatives

A free education and training program took place March-April 2017 for architects, council and private-sector planning, building and design practitioners about the design and assessment of apartment developments in line with the new standards, also considering alternative design solutions.

In August new supporting tools and processes will be introduced:

  • Apartment design guidelines for designing and assessing apartment developments.
  • design advisory service to provide guidance and advice to local governments about how to assess more complex apartment developments.
  • An apartment buyers and renters guide, to help buyers and renters make informed decisions.