The Victorian Code for Broiler Farms
The 2018 planning reforms introduced an amendment to the Victorian Code for Broiler Farms 2009. The Code has now been updated to include reforms to the Victorian Planning Provisions as follows:
- new definition for broiler farm to include free-range chicken meat farms
- a minimum farm size for which the Code applies.
The updated Code also includes changes to the titles of government departments and other relevant references.
In September 2015 the Minister for Planning appointed the Animal Industries Advisory Committee (AIAC) to provide advice on how the planning system could support animal industries in Victoria.
One of the recommendations of the AIAC review was that the Victorian Code for Broiler Farms 2009 (the Code) should apply to free-range farms.
Following public consultation, the Victorian Code for Broiler Farms 2009 was amended to specifically include free-range broiler farms, providing flexibility for a broiler farm to transition between conventional and free-range production.
The Code was amended to apply only to planning permit applications for broiler farms with a capacity of more than 10,000 birds. Other than these specific changes all other aspects of the Victorian Code for Broiler Farms 2009 (Plus 2018 Amendments) remain unchanged.
The chicken meat (broiler) industry is a significant component of Victorian agriculture, contributing approximately $400 million annually to the Victorian economy. The industry has an established base in Victoria, with a well-developed network of processors, feed producers, growers and customers. The Code has been developed to provide clear environmental standards for those wishing to establish new, or expand existing, broiler farms, and assurance for the surrounding landholders who may be impacted by broiler farming activities.
This Code provides a basis for the planning, design, assessment, approval, construction, operation and management of broiler farms in Victoria. It presents an appropriate balance between the operational needs of the broiler farm industry and the protection of the environment, particularly the air environment for people who live near broiler farms.
The Code acknowledges existing land use rights, but places rigorous conditions on the development of all new broiler farms and the expansion of existing farms. Compliance with this Code is mandatory for the establishment of all new broiler farms and expansions in Victoria.
The Code was originally developed in 2001 following extensive consultation and became effective in September 2001 when it was incorporated into the Victoria Planning Provisions and all planning schemes in Victoria under the Planning and Environment Act 1987. The Code was first reviewed in 2006–2009 through a consultative process and incorporated into the Victoria Planning Provisions and all planning schemes in Victoria in 2009, replacing the previous code.
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