Regional

Victoria has proven to be a very desirable place to live, with more and more people choosing to make our great state their home.

However, while the population of Melbourne is booming, growth in regional Victoria is occurring at a slower pace, with 23% of Victorian residents now living in our regions, down from 28% in 1996.

Ensuring regional Victoria attracts a greater share of new residents is a key initiative in Plan Melbourne that will deliver productivity and social benefits to the whole state. The growth of regional centres will create greater employment opportunities, improved health and education services, and more choices for Victorians about where they live and work.

To ensure our regional towns and cities are successful in attracting new residents, the VPA works closely with local councils to identify development and investment initiatives. Furthermore, we assist with the processing of planning applications for strategic sites, so that development can occur in a timely fashion. In recent times, the VPA has had direct planning involvement in Warragul, Drouin, Wodonga, Shepparton, Bacchus Marsh and Torquay.

Our regional towns and cities add vibrancy to our state and play a key role in boosting tourism. We are confident that with the right planning, Victoria’s regions will undergo strong growth into the future.

Streamlining for Growth

The Streamlining for Growth Program is funded by the Victorian State Government and managed by the Victorian Planning Authority.  It aims to provide support and capacity building for councils.  You can read more about regional projects funded through the Streamlining for Growth program here.

Infrastructure in regional Victoria

The Victorian Planning Authority is working on two important projects to simplify the way financial contributions towards local infrastructure are identified and to help improve how existing contributions plans are implemented.

Collaborating with 16 local councils, the VPA is supporting the implementation of existing Development Contributions Plans through the Regional DCP Toolkit project.

Working with representatives from local government and industry, the VPA is preparing a new and improved way for councils to collect contributions through the Regional Infrastructure Contributions Plan project.

Current Work Program

Ballarat Train Station Aerial pictrue

Ballarat Station Southside Masterplan

Ballarat Station Southside Masterplan Ballarat Station Southside Masterplan, once completed, will guide public realm improvements […]

Bannockburn railway crossing picture

Bannockburn Growth Plan

About the Bannockburn Growth Plan The Bannockburn Growth Plan (Growth Plan) will guide the sustainable […]

Landscape shot of the Ballarat railway line

Bannockburn South West Precinct

Bannockburn South West Precinct Bannockburn South West Precinct is now being considered as part of […]

Bendigo West Infrastructure Action Plan

Bendigo West Infrastructure Action Plan The Victorian Planning Authority (VPA) is providing services to the […]

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East of Aberline Precinct Structure Plan

East of Aberline Precinct Structure Plan The Victorian Planning Authority (VPA) is assisting Warrnambool City […]

Euchua West precinct map, described below

Echuca West Precinct Structure Plan

Echuca West Precinct Structure Plan At the August Board meeting of the Victorian Planning Authority […]

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Greater Bendigo Industrial Land Development Strategy

Greater Bendigo Industrial Land Development Strategy On June 17 2020, the Greater Bendigo Industrial Land […]

Aerial image of the Merrimu Precinct

Merrimu Precinct

Merrimu Precinct Structure Plan The Victorian Planning Authority (VPA) is working with Moorabool Shire Council […]

Northern Geelong Growth Area map, described below

Northern Geelong Growth Area Precinct

Northern Geelong Growth Area Precinct The Victorian Planning Authority (VPA) will work with the City […]

Parwan Employment precinct map, described below

Parwan Employment Precinct

Parwan Employment Development Plan The Victorian Planning Authority (VPA) is working with Moorabool Shire Council […]

Parwan Employment precinct map, described below

Parwan Station Precinct

Parwan Station Precinct The Victorian Planning Authority (VPA) is working with Moorabool Shire Council to […]

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Portland Framework Plan

Portland Strategic Framework Plan The Victorian Planning Authority (VPA) in partnership with Glenelg Shire Council […]

Shepparton South East precinct map, described below

Shepparton South East Precinct Structure Plan

Shepparton South East Precinct Structure Plan The Victorian Planning Authority (VPA), in consultation with Greater […]

Spring Creek precinct map, described below

Spring Creek Precinct Structure Plan

Spring Creek Precinct Structure Plan The Victorian Planning Authority (VPA) is working closely with Surf […]

Western Geelong Growth Area precinct map, described below

Western Geelong Growth Area Precinct

Western Geelong Growth Area Precinct The Victorian Planning Authority (VPA) will work with the City […]

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Wonthaggi North East Precinct

Wonthaggi North East Precinct Wonthaggi North East has been identified as a project on the […]

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