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The Smart Planning program will make Victoria the most efficient and transparent state in the country for planning, and drive investment.

The Victorian Government introduced the Smart Planning program in July 2016. It consists of initiatives to make the planning system easier to understand, and more efficient, accessible, open and collaborative, through simpler rules and modern digital tools.

Smart Planning is the first funded review and reform of Victoria's planning system since the 1993 Perrott Review.

What Smart Planning will deliver

Smart Planning will:

  • simplify and modernise Victoria's planning rules
  • make planning information easier to find and understand
  • introduce user-focused digital tools to improve accessibility and interactivity of information and services
  • establish more effective and accessible engagement with community, businesses, local government and industry.

We will do this through simpler and more accessible planning rules and improved online resources and information.

Collaborative engagement

A collaborative approach to delivering Smart Planning, informed by a wide range of perspectives and ideas, is helping us to deliver solutions that best meet the needs and expectations of Victorians.

Through surveys, presentations, structured workshops, and advisory groups we have engaged a wide range of key stakeholders. These include planning professionals from councils, industry and other peak bodies, and state government departments and agencies.

Specific activities to gather feedback from the wider community will be confirmed once the focus of the program’s potential changes as part of the Reform and Transform stages are determined, in mid-2017.

Why Smart Planning is needed

The planning system is a key tool of government policy. However, it has become increasingly complex, inaccessible and inefficient.

Since the Perrott Review, there have been many additions to planning provisions and local planning schemes.

They now include a massive 75,000 pages across 8500 documents, plus 15,000 PDF maps. The system has become difficult to use and understand, and less effective for implementing policy.

This has led to:

  • lengthy approval times and higher compliance costs than necessary
  • barriers to the community and business professionals understanding and participating in the planning process.

New technologies can simplify processes and services, and improve engagement. By utilising these tools to improve the current system, Smart Planning will, in turn, open up further opportunities to continue to improve planning in Victoria.

More information

For more information, view the Smart Planning FAQ page.

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