Building A Smarter Planning System For All Victorians

30 July 2018

The Andrew Labor Government is making it quicker and easier to lodge and track planning amendments through a suite of digital planning tools launched today.

Minister for Planning Richard Wynne today announced the Amendment Tracking System (ATS) – a centralised system that stores Victoria’s 82 planning schemes online.

The system allows councils and developers to lodge, pay for and track planning scheme amendment requests online, as well as enabling residents and developers to comment electronically on exhibited amendments.

The initiative will slash red tape and is part of the Labor Government’s ground-breaking Smart Planning reforms, which are expected to save industry $35 million every year.

The Government has also released an online resource library with search tools on the Planning website for the discovery of current and archived planning documents.

Since it was last reformed 23 years ago, planning provisions and schemes have expanded significantly. The library now includes a massive 75,000 pages across 7,000 documents, with an extra 15,000 maps.

The provision of this information in a readily accessible format will help communities, councils and developers better understand the planning requirements in their area.

The Government will also deliver a new Planning Policy Framework (PPF) that integrates state and local planning policies, slashing duplication and reducing conflicting policy.

The integrated PPF will strengthen planning policy, create a framework that is easier to navigate, ensure consistency, and simplify updates.

Local councils will be supported to integrate their local planning policies into the PPF over the next 12-18 months.

The online resource library is available now at

Quotes attributable to Minister for Planning Richard Wynne

“This ground-breaking system will make it quicker and easier to lodge, track and comment on planning applications – slashing red tape and saving money.”

“Victoria’s nation-leading construction boom needs up-to-date tools like this.”

Reviewed 19 August 2020

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