Smart Planning is a reform program to make Victoria’s planning system more efficient and accessible.

Over the past 20 years, multiple reviews of the planning system have identified ideas and areas for improvement. Planning needed an overhaul and that is what Smart Planning has been doing.

Through Stages 1 and 2, Smart Planning has simplified planning rules and delivered a suite of modern digital tools.

Stage 3 of the program started in July 2018 and is delivering further digital and planning rules improvements, with a focus on reforming local government planning.

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Smart Planning reform initiatives

Planning rules reforms

Smart Planning is reforming Victoria's planning regulations to make the planning system more efficient, accessible and transparent.

Planning Policy Framework (PPF) translation

Smart Planning is working collaboratively with locals councils to translate and integrate the local planning policy of council planning schemes into the new Planning Policy Framework (PPF).

Amendment Tracking System (ATS) rollout

The authoring component of ATS enables planning authorities to draft, amend and publish planning scheme amendments. ATS was rolled out to all councils between October 2018 and July 2019 as part of the migration of planning schemes into the ATS digital database.

HTML planning schemes

Planning schemes will soon be available in HTML. The new web format will differ in form and style for improved online viewing, searching and accessibility.

Permits Online

Permits Online is a new platform for lodging, managing and tracking ministerial permit applications online.


VicPlan is an interactive mapping tool that provides location-based zone and overlay information. Users can generate a planning report, draw on and mark-up the map, measure dimensions, apply a range of map layers and access many other useful tools.

Resource Library

The new planning Resource Library provides online search and access to more than 2100 incorporated documents and other planning materials.

Planning Dashboard

A Planning Dashboard is being developed that will provide access to data on the performance of the planning system in Victoria.

Smart Planning Roadshow

Did you come along to one of our Smart Planning Roadshows?

With 15 sessions delivered across Melbourne – including Benalla, Bendigo, Geelong, Ballarat and Gippsland – the team met with more than 350 DELWP and council staff, covering 1500 kilometres of Victoria.

Don’t worry if you didn’t get the chance to come along in person. We recorded one of our sessions so that you can watch it at your leisure.

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Page last updated: 03/06/20