The Better Apartments project is a joint initiative of the Department of
Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP)
and the Office of the Victorian Government Architect (OVGA).
In May 2015, Better
Apartments – A
Discussion Paper kick-started a statewide conversation with the
community, government and industry to help shape potential future apartment
design guidelines and mechanisms. The discussion paper focussed on how to better
manage the amenity of apartment living and maintain Victoria's liveability.
Design Standards – have your say
Following comprehensive consultation and analysis, the
Victorian Government has released Better Apartment Draft Design Standards and
is seeking community and stakeholder feedback to inform design guidelines that
will be introduced later this year.
Public consultation on the draft design standards is open
until 5pm, 19 September 2016.
Visit haveyoursay.delwp.vic.gov.au/better-apartments to read the draft design standards and have your say.
Following public consultation on the Better Apartment Draft
Design Standards, apartment design guidelines will be introduced later this year.
What you told us
Participants in the survey on the Better Apartments discussion paper were asked to rank the key issues affecting apartment amenity by most to
least important. The top five issues were daylight, space, natural ventilation, noise, and energy and resources. View the Public Engagement Summary [PDF File - 201.2 KB] and the Public Engagement Report [PDF File - 957.1 KB] to find out more.
Better Apartments Reference Group
The Minister for Planning has established a reference group of peak
industry, consumer and local government bodies to provide a sounding board for
DELWP and OVGA in shaping potential implementation measures for the Better
Apartments project. Members of the reference group include: the Australian
Institute of Architects, Building Designers Association of Victoria, Housing
Industry Association, Master Builders Association of Victoria, Municipal
Association of Victoria, Planning Institute of Australia, Property Council of
Australia, Real Estate Institute of Victoria, Urban Development Institute of
Australia, and the Victorian Planning and Environmental Law Association.
Better Apartments Local Government Working Group
local government working group is also being established to help test potential
implementation measures for the Better Apartments project. The group will
include representation from central, inner, middle, outer and regional
Apartments Public Engagement Report, Summary and supplementary
reports below outline the analysis of the feedback received on the Better Apartments Discussion Paper
during 2015. There will be further opportunities for engagement in mid-2016.
Public engagement on the Discussion Paper included:
- May to July 2015 –
Submissions to the discussion paper and community survey
- July 2015 – Minister's
- August to September
2015 – Workshops with local government, community, and industry
- September to October
2015 – Interviews with key stakeholders
Public Engagement Report
Better Apartments - Public Engagement Summary [PDF File - 201.2 KB]
Better Apartments - Public Engagement Summary (accessible version) [MS Word Document - 70.5 KB]
Better Apartments - Public Engagement Report [PDF File - 957.1 KB]
Better Apartments - Public Engagement Report (accessible version) [MS Word Document - 727.0 KB]
Supplementary Engagement Reports
Better Apartments Community Survey Results [PDF File - 342.0 KB]
Better Apartments Workshops Results [PDF File - 480.6 KB]
Better Apartments Interviews Results [PDF File - 473.4 KB]
Click on the section headings below to view submissions or view all submissions.