The new Planning Policy Framework (PPF) was introduced into the Victoria Planning Provisions and all Victorian planning schemes following the gazettal of amendment VC148 on 31 July 2018.

The PPF is designed to improve the operation of policy and better align state and local policy. It is based on a three-tier structure that integrates state, regional and local policy. While state and regional policy were integrated into the PPF as part of amendment VC148, local policy is yet to be integrated. The next phase is to translate and integrate local policy into the PPF.

The Smart Planning team will work with local councils to translate the Local Planning Policy Framework (LPPF) content and the Municipal Strategic Statement (MSS) in their planning schemes into the new integrated PPF and Municipal Planning Strategy (MPS). Although the translation exercise will require a review of LPPF content, key local issues and strategic directions from an LPPF will be maintained.

Planning schemes are being translated in groups, with completion expected by mid-2021. More information on this process is available on our PPF translation approach page.

Amendment process

The majority of PPF translations are expected to occur as planning scheme amendments using a fast-track process under section 20(4) of the Planning and Environment Act 1987. These translations will be policy neutral. Where the translation is not policy neutral or introduces significant new content, such as amendments resulting from a planning scheme review, a standard planning scheme amendment process will be used.

Council planning schemes translated to the PPF

Planning Policy Framework translation map

Page last updated: 09/09/19