Streamlining for Growth Program

2022-2023 Grant Program is now Open!

The application period for the 2022-2023 Streamlining for Growth grants program for local councils is now open for a 6-week period until the Wednesday 15th June 2022.

The State Government has allocated $3.15 million for Streamlining for Growth council grants in 2022-2023 across three funding streams:

  • Metropolitan Melbourne
  • Regional Victoria
  • Better Regulation and Streamlining Processes (Metropolitan and Regional Areas)

The Victorian Planning Authority (VPA) encourages councils to begin preparing for applications by discussing potential projects internally then liaising with VPA officers.

Please refer to the Application Assessment Framework and Criteria to assist in the development of your project ideas and scopes. Applications will be assessed against the criteria using the assessment framework.

Read our Frequently Asked Questions to find out more.

Open the Online application lodgement form to apply. For convenience, partially complete application forms can be saved for later completion.

Program Overview

The Streamlining for Growth Program (SfG Program) was established in 2016. The Program aims to facilitate faster (and more cost-effective) permit ready delivery of employment and residential land across Victoria.

The SfG Program focuses on projects that unlock and accelerate the delivery of at-scale, permit-ready employment, and residential land in areas subject to population growth pressures and/or experiencing shortages of land for housing or jobs.  It aligns with VPA’s core function as the State Government’s lead agency for delivering planning and infrastructure coordination solutions in designated areas across Victoria.

Regional councils may also wish to consider how their preparations for the 2026 Commonwealth Games could align with the SfG selection criteria such as the development of strategic precincts or sites. 

The SfG Program and operates to:

  • Support economic growth by delivering, unblocking, or accelerating strategic planning, statutory planning, infrastructure coordination and related projects.
  • Accelerate the delivery of at-scale zoned and permit ready employment and residential land 
  • Simplify, streamline, and accelerate post VPA strategic planning (including PSPs) approvals and infrastructure coordination processes.
  • Increase housing supply, choice, and affordability
  • Build capability and capacity in councils via delivering red tape reduction and ongoing and systemic improvements to performance and outputs

The SfG Program is delivered in strong partnership with local government through two mechanisms:

  • Council Grants projects – Typically Council-led projects funded predominantly by direct cash grants, and sometimes assisted by VPA staff in an advisory or facilitatory capacity (at Council’s request and VPA’s approval).
  • VPA-led projects – Typically VPA-led projects that support delivery of housing and jobs via strategic land use planning or improved processes and systems, delivered by VPA staff and VPA appointed consultants.


For all enquiries, or to discuss your potential grant project and application, please contact:

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Melissa Allan
Executive Assistant – Streamlining for Growth Project Support Officer
Telephone: (03) 8644 8818

Kash Moghaddam
Planning Coordinator – Streamlining for Growth
Telephone: (03) 8644 8845

Paul Cassidy
Director – Streamlining
Telephone: (03) 9651 9606 / 0414 015 916

Or email the Streamlining for Growth inbox at

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