Planning for sustainable animal industries
Planning reforms to help grow sustainable animal industries
Victoria's planning system plays a key role in supporting our animal industries, which are major contributors to our economy and regional employment.
In 2015, the Victorian Government recognised that the industries' projected high growth and innovation, while essential, must occur in a sustainable way to protect the long-term interests of all Victorians.
'Planning for sustainable animal industries' is the Victorian Government's response to the 2016 Animal Industries Advisory Committee's Final Report. It is a commitment to address the broad range of planning issues that have affected Victoria's farmers, local government and the community in recent years.
Progress and consultation on key reforms
In October 2017, the Victorian Government undertook extensive public consultation on proposed new land use planning reforms for Victorian animal industries. The public consultation period on the proposed reforms concluded in November. Interest has been high, and the Government received over 170 written submissions from local government, industry organisations, farmers and members of the community. These submissions were in addition to substantial input received through public forums and discussions with interested stakeholders.
All submissions are now being considered against the Government's commitment to balance the economic growth of animal industries with community amenity and environmental concerns. Where appropriate, we are committed to making changes to the proposed reforms to address the issues raised in the consultation process.
The proposed reforms
For information about the consultation process, proposed key reforms for each industry and frequently asked questions, click here.
Planning reform process delivery FAQs
Timeline to deliver actions
Work has progressed on 12 actions – some are complete with others well underway.
Completed by June 2018
Completed by early 2019
Completed by June 2019
2. Establish an implementation reference group to facilitate continued improvement in planning for sustainable animal industries
|3. Introduce clear land use definitions for animal industries into the Victoria Planning Provisions||1. Support local government strategic planning by improving access to regional growth and land suitability information||5b. Provide interactive web-based farm planning tools for other animal industries|
|5a. Establish Agribusiness Development Facilitation Service||4. Take a graduated approach to planning controls based on risk||9. Develop a more consistent approach to determining separation distances for various animal industries and production systems||8. Develop a new general Code of Practice for animal industries complemented by industry specific technical guidelines|
|10. Develop and make available short courses on sustainable animal industries||5b. Provide interactive web-based farm planning tools for the Dairy industry||11. Enable clear identification of water catchment areas to assist planning decisions|
|6. Establish a panel of animal industry specialists to provide technical support to local government|
|7. Remove the 1992 Piggeries Code as an incorporated document in the Victoria Planning Provisions|
|12. Develop clear guidance to improve quality of planning permit applications, and develop model permit conditions to guide local government|
Background to the planning reforms
Read the Victorian Government's response document below:
The response has four key areas of focus and 12 actions centred on more support and clarity for all involved in animal industries in Victoria.
Delivery of reforms – the PSAI Implementation Reference Group
To deliver these reforms, government established a reference group comprising key industry sectors, local government and community members. The reference group has had significant input to the planning reforms*.
Members of the PSAI Implementation Reference Group
|Jenny Blake, Community Member|
|Stuart Strachan, Community Member|
|John Walsh, Community Member|
|Margaret Lewis, Community Member|
|Michelle Croughan, Local Government Member|
|TBA, Local Government Member|
|David Gibb, Industry Member (Victorian Farmers Federation)|
|Ron Paynter, Industry Member (Dairy)|
|Peter Wilkinson, Industry Member (Beef)|
|TBA, Industry Member (Pork)|
|Allan Bullen, Industry Member (Chicken Meat)|
* Note, the proposed reforms do not necessarily reflect the views of individual members of the IRG.