By Anna Barclay | 12 Dec 2019
The Education sector in Australia plays an important role in transforming our cities – it fuels collaboration, unites communities and sets up our future generation for success.

Earlier this year, Urbis in consultation with key industry stakeholders, provided a comprehensive submission to the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP) to support the streamlining of Victoria’s planning approvals for non-government schools. Over the last few months, our key message to Government was to bolster planning policy at a State level and reduce red tape to reflect the importance of schools within residential areas (both established and growth areas). The reaction from DELWP has been positive and we are thrilled to share some of the changes. 

Many government schools will continue to bypass the planning system and non-government schools will still be subject to the planning scheme. However the Minister will now decide on “some” applications opposed to Council. The first stage announced this week, applies to projects funded by the Non-Government Schools Capital Fund only 

For an in-depth view of the key findings, click on the below thumbnail:



Urbis is looking forward to further reducing the red tape with DELWP in the new year.

This will present numerous opportunities not only for school students, but the wider community through the shared use of infrastructure i.e. sports and performance spaces. It will also allow schools to focus their resources on students and education instead of planning processes.  

We expect to hear further updates in March 2020. 

For a copy of our March and/or October 2019 submissions or to join our mailing list for regular updates, please contact our specialist cityshaper team.

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