The Growth Areas Infrastructure Contribution (GAIC) began operation on 1 July 2010 and applies to growth area land brought into the Urban Growth Boundary 2005-06 or subsequently which is zoned for urban development.
GAIC is a charge designed to contribute to the funding of essential state infrastructure in Melbourne’s growth areas.
IMPORTANT: If your parcel of land is subject to the GAIC and you have purchased, subdivided or developed your land, since the 2 December 2008 announcement date, within three months of this event you must pay the GAIC or apply for a deferral or staged payment arrangement.
Several information sheets in relation to the operation of the GAIC are available below. These information sheets are not intended to supplement or to aid in the legal interpretation of the legislation. They are updated from time to time.
For information on GAIC, refer to the State Revenue Office (SRO) – Victoria – Growth Areas Infrastructure Contribution.
Staged Payment Arrangements
For the general information on Staged Payment Arrangements (SPA), refer to:
- Growth Areas Infrastructure Contribution (GAIC) – Staged Payment Arrangement Guidelines – July 2021 (PDF)
Download the Staged Payment Arrangement (new & amendment) Application Form – November 2020 (PDF), complete details and submit with supporting documentation.
Applications must be in writing addressed to:
The Minister for Planning
c/- Victorian Planning Authority
Level 25, 35 Collins Street
Melbourne VIC 3000
Please email applications to firstname.lastname@example.org
Note: There may be high demand for new and amended SPAs. Applications are generally processed in order of receipt, so applications should be submitted allowing enough time for the necessary checking, consultation and processing before payments are due.
GAIC – Work-in-Kind
An entity liable to pay a GAIC can, by agreement with the government, offset part or all of its liability by providing land or infrastructure or combination works to the State. This is known as work-in-kind (WIK).
Detailed GAIC WIK guidelines and model agreements have been prepared. For information on these guidelines, model agreements, refer to Growth areas infrastructure contribution.
Details of new GAIC WIK agreements, when signed by all parties, will be added to the GAIC WIK register (current to June 2020). The GAIC WIK approved agreements register is available to download below:
- GAIC WIK approved agreements register – June 2020 (Word document)
- GAIC WIK approved agreements register – June 2020 (PDF)
GAIC rates are available from the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP) website and the State Revenue Office (SRO) website.
GAIC Notice of Threshold Amount for Excluded Building Work
Dated 27 May 2021: In accordance with section 201RG(3)(a) of the Planning and Environment Act 1987, the threshold amount (calculated under part 3 of Schedule 1 of the Planning and Environment Act 1987) for excluded building work for the 2021-22 financial year is $1,250,510.
For further information, contact either the:
Victorian Planning Authority
(03) 9651 9600
The State Revenue Office
13 21 61
State Revenue Office – Victoria website.
GAIC Hardship Relief Board
The application form is available on request.
Contact the Victorian Planning Authority for further information.