Supporting communities through development and infrastructure contributions

Overview

Objectives

To determine whether development and infrastructure contributions provide required infrastructure to new and growing communities as intended.

Issues

Between 2015 and 2031, the population of Victoria is projected to grow by 1.8 million to reach 7.7 million. Accommodating population growth requires significant planning and development, and the creation of essential infrastructure to support the health, wellbeing, and social and economic participation of growing communities.

The Victorian Government and councils currently operate multiple developer contribution schemes that help to fund essential works and services such as roads, parks, local sports grounds and community facilities. The Infrastructure Contributions Plans system, introduced in 2016, applies to greenfield growth areas and strategic developments within existing urban areas. The Growth Areas Infrastructure Contribution scheme operates in newly developing areas. Councils can also require a contribution through section 173 of the Planning and Environment Act 1987.

This audit will examine whether the development and infrastructure contribution schemes effectively support the creation of essential infrastructure for new and growing communities.

Proposed agencies

Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning, Department of Jobs, Precincts and Regions, Victorian Planning Authority, State Revenue Office, Melton City Council, Cardinia Shire Council, Golden Plains Shire and Whitehorse City Council.

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