The Minister for Planning is considering reforms to the Victoria Planning Provisions to provide permit exemptions or streamline permit application processes for specified accommodation land uses.

Three new particular provisions are proposed:

  • Facilitation of public housing
  • Community care accommodation (which supersedes community care unit and crisis accommodation)
  • Rooming House (which supersedes shared housing).

We invite you to comment on the draft by Friday, 16 June 2017.

You can view the draft provisions, more information about the proposed changes, and how to provide feedback below.

There is a pressing need to increase the supply of social housing in Victoria. The proposed reforms will help support government policy to replace aging public housing stock and develop new public housing.

The permit process will be streamlined for the development of no more than 10 dwellings by, or on behalf of, a public authority such as the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS). Applications will be exempt from assessment under Clause 55 (ResCode) and the car parking requirements if specified requirements are met. Applications will also be exempt from notice and review requirements.

View the draft provision and the information sheet below.

Community Care Accommodation

The proposed reforms clarify and improve provisions that support government policy for permit exemptions. This will reduce discrimination against disabled or disadvantaged people seeking housing, and support the need to maintain confidentiality of sensitive accommodation.

The draft provision provides permit exemptions for the use and development of land for community care accommodation where it is funded or provided by, or on behalf of, a public authority such as DHHS if specified requirements are met. Applications will also be exempt from the notice and review requirements.

Rooming house

The term shared housing is proposed to be replaced by the term rooming house (a newly defined land use term) which clarifies that other land uses such as a backpackers' accommodation cannot benefit from the provision. There will be a permit exemption for use and development of land for a rooming house where specified requirements are met, supporting the development of domestic scale rooming houses. This includes a limit of 12 persons, 8 bedrooms and a gross floor area of 300 square metres. Notice and review requirements for applications by public authorities are exempted.

View the draft provision and the information sheet below.

You can provide feedback on the draft provisions by:

  • emailing your feedback to planning.systems@delwp.vic.gov.au (preferred)
  • post to:  Public and Shared Housing Reform,  Planning Systems,  Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning,  GPO Box 500, East Melbourne,  Victoria 8002

Feedback should be provided by 5.00 pm Friday 16 June 2017.

Your comments and details will only be used for the purposes of this consultation. View our privacy statement.

After considering the consultation feedback the Minister for Planning may decide to amend the Victoria Planning Provisions and all planning schemes by approving a planning scheme amendment based on this consultation process and without further public notice.