SSSI LSC News - May 2020

April 30, 2020


  • FIG Working Week 2020 + 1 Amsterdam
  • DELWP News
  • Development Facilitation Task Force
  • Planning Scheme Amendments


A message from the International Federation of Surveyors:

On 25 March, with heavy hearts, we had to cancel FIG Working Week 202 that should have taken place in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, due to the COVID-19 situation.
After it was clear to us that we had to cancel FIG Working Week 2020 we have worked intensely on finding a solution that would be the best for all who had registered, for sponsors and for exhibitors.
It has turned out that, very generously, the local organisers for the Working Week 2021 from Ghana have offered that the FIG Working Week that should have taken place in the Netherlands in 2020, can be held in the Netherlands in 2021 (instead of Ghana).
It is a very special and generous offer from the Ghanaian Local Organising Committee for which both FIG Council and the Dutch Local Organisers are very grateful. This is showing real FIG spirit to come up with such an offer!

FIG Council has therefore made the following decisions:

  • The FIG Working Week 2021 will be held in the Netherlands instead of Ghana, and the Dutch Local Organisers have accepted this specia offer so that their preparations have not been done in vain.
  • Due to this very special offer, the FIG Working Week 2024 will be given to Ghana without competition. It will be a pleasure to welcome you all to Ghana in 2024, and we hope that you will support FIG Working Week 2024.
  • The two bids that have been received for FIG Working Week 2024 will be moved to 2025. The bidding for 2025, which will take place next year in the Netherlands, will not be re-opened for other bidders.

These decisions will mean that the expenditures that have been held for these preparations can be moved to 2021 and that we will also be able to transfer in full registration fees, sponsorship packages and exhibition stands to 2021. This minimizes the loss for both the local organizing committee and FIG.
An email will be sent directly to participants, sponsors and exhibitors.
We are very happy that we can come up with this solution, and grateful to the Ghanaian Local Organising Committee for making this option possible.
It is with pleasure that we can therefore invite to you FIG Working Week 2021 (...or 2020 +1) in the Netherlands.
FIG and the Dutch Local Organising Committee are now looking forward to working on the details of the preparations for the Working Week 2021 and we will get back with more information as soon as it is possible.

On behalf of FIG Council and the Dutch Local Organising Committee

Kind regards,

Ms. Louise Friis-Hansen
MSc. Economics and Business
International Federation of Surveyors



Melbourne's Industrial & Commercial Land Use Plan 2020

The Melbourne Industrial and Commercial Land Use Plan Department has now been finalised and released. In addition to a Summary of Submissions report, individual submissions are now also available. For further information on the Melbourne Industrial and Commercial Land Use Plan please visit the project website:

The Melbourne Industrial and Commercial Land Use Plan (Land Use Plan) provides an overview of current and future needs for industrial and commercial land across metropolitan Melbourne and puts in place a planning framework to support the state and local government to plan more effectively for future employment and industry needs.

There are four key principles in the Plan:-

The plan aims to support industrial and commercial use of land by:

  • Identification and setting aside adequate long-term industrial and commercial land supply to support future industry and business growth;
  • Recognising and retaining industrial and commercial areas that provide an ongoing economic and employment contribution to local communities, regions and the state and retained as a critical economic resource;
  • Providing clarity and certainty where growth should occur and protecting significant industrial precincts from incompatible land uses to allow for long term investment
  • Support industry and business to innovate and grow.

The Land Use Plan has also developed a hierarchy framework to enable industrial and commercial land to be categorised to provide greater clarity to strategic land use intent. These classifications reflect the policy aspirations for the area or precinct and may necessitate amendments to the Victorian Planning Provisions.

Weight will need to be given to the classification of the land in the hierarchy and the directions in the Land Use Plan when considering land use and development opportunities.

The implementation of the planning principles, strategies and framework for industrial and commercial land is required to be supported by the actions of DELWP and Councils.

The Land Use Plan suggests that Councils may be required to:

  • Prepare and implement municipal-wide industrial land use strategies and activity centre strategies, to guide future development of industrial and commercial land;
  • Work with DELWP to develop a practice note to support the development of local industrial strategies;
  • Work with the State Government to look at future opportunities for industry in the Brooklyn, Tottenham and West Footscray area, including improving connectivity.
Land Use Victoria Customer Information Bulletin Issue 201 April, 2020

Land Use Victoria's Customer Information Bulletin Issue 201 (April 2020)  is now online (also available at via the Menu button at the top right corner of the page).

This CIB Issue 201 contains information for all LUV customers and subscribers on the following: 
  • Important reminders and updates
  • New generic residual document ‘Record-Notice-Transfer of Land-Section 104’
  • SPEAR Electronic Lodgment Network update
  • Temporary suspension of Subscriber Compliance Examinations
  • Victorian Water Register – lodging documents
Responses to COVID-19 - How will these changes affect you?

During April we saw the amendment of the Local Government Act 2020, the Planning and Environment Act 1987, the Oaths & Affirmations Act 2018, and Victoria's Planning Provisions in response to the COVID-19 pandemic;

Victoria's Planning Provisions Amendment VC181

Amendment VC181 changes the VPPs and all planning schemes by implementing Clause 52.18, the State of Emergency Exemption. This clause applies when a state of emergency declaration is in force, and for three months after. This amendment facilitates the delivery of food and other essential goods during and following the state of emergency declared in relation to COVID-19 by removing limits on dispatch, delivery, loading or unloading of certain goods.

COVID-19 Omnibus (Emergency Measures) Bill 2020

The COVID-19 Omnibus (Emergency Measures) Bill 2020 makes amendments to the LGAct, the P&E Act and the O&A Act in order to provide for temporary measures in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The legislative amendments respond to various requirements to allow for electronic substitutions in regard to council meeting procedures, access to documents, and the witnessing of documents

Planning and Environment Act 1987

The Bill inserts a Part 10A into the P&E Act. The measures provided for in this Part will be repealed 6 months from the commencement of the Bill.

This allows a document to be made available free of charge to the general public on a Designated Entity's internet site, subject to requirements around personal information. It also modifies rules about Planning Panels Victoria hearings and allows these hearings to be carried out through electronic means, subject to certain requirements.


A State Government Development Facilitation Taskforce has been enlisted to help keep the state’s building and development industry running through the coronavirus crisis. The taskforce will seek to fast-track planning approvals using Ministerial powers, where decisions have been delayed due to coronavirus related impacts on the Victorian Planning System.

Planning permit applications would be ‘called in’ and determined by the Minister for Planning as a fast track process with further details on this to be announced soon. There is the potential for planning scheme amendments to be included in this process, although Council support would seemingly be essential.

It is likely that there will be opportunities for ‘call ins’ where existing projects are shovel-ready, have evidence of immediately available finance and can demonstrate employment generation.


Amendment GC112- Approved 20th April, 2020.

The amendment formally recognises the Infrastructure Design Manual (IDM) in the Bass Coast, Baw Baw, Colac Otway, East Gippsland, Glenelg, Greater Bendigo, Greater Geelong, Hepburn, Latrobe, Mitchell, Moorabool, Moyne, South Gippsland, Southern Grampians, Strathbogie, Warrnambool, Wellington and Wodonga Planning Schemes. to recognise the Infrastructure Design Manual in the Municipal Strategic Statements, and introduces the Infrastructure Design Manual as a background document in the Schedules to Clause 72.08.

Amendment VC179  Commenced 6th May, 2020

Changes the Victorian Planning Provisions and all planning schemes in Victoria by inserting a new provision at Clause 52.10 to facilitate rebuilding following the 2019/20 bushfires and amends the Schedule to Clause 72.01 in all planning schemes to designate the Chief Executive Officer as the responsible authority for Clause 52.10.

Panel Reports

Greater Geelong Planning Scheme Amendment C394. The Panel Report issued 14th April,2020 recommends adoption with a number of minor amendments to be made by Council. The Amendment implements the Bellarine Peninsula - Corio Bay Local Coastal Hazard Assessment Dec 2015. It includes policy changes to the Municipal Strategic Statement, introduces a new Land Subject to Inundation Overlay (LSIO) Schedule 2 to Clause 44.04 Land Subject to Inundation Overlay titled “Coastal Inundation and Hazard” (LSIO2)  and applies the Land Subject to Inundation Overlay Schedule 2 (LSIO2) to land identified in the Bellarine Peninsula - Corio Bay Local Coastal Hazard Assessment December 2015 as being inundated by the combined effects of the 1% Average Event Probability (AEP) flood event plus 0.8 metre sea level rise

Monash Planning Scheme - Amendment C148

Proposes to increase the public open space requirement for subdivisions of 3 lots or more to 10% cash, 10% land, or a mix of both. Currently Council requires a public open space contribution of between 2% and 5% depending on the number of lots created. A contribution rate of 10% has been determined as necessary to deliver a reasonable standard of open space provision across the whole of Monash for a growing population. This contribution rate reflects the need to ensure that all residents in the future have contributed to providing an appropriate level of public open space services and recognises a need of 30 square metres per person.

An Interim Panel Report was released by Planning Panels Victoria on 5 May 2020 which recommended that Council should review the Amendment documents and undertake further work before re-exhibiting the Amendment

The main area of further work that the Panel recommend is for Council to prepare an implementation plan to support the calculation of the open space levy. as the basis for the calculation of an open space levy rate in place of the 30 square metre macro-provisioning standard.

  • Develop a detailed justification for the application of the same open space levy rate to residential and non-residential subdivisions.
  • Clarify the use and meaning of community open space in the Monash Open Space Strategy and Clause 22.15.
  • Review the areas designated as public open space gaps in Map 1 in Clause 22.15.

Once this work is complete the Amendment should be re-exhibited.

The Panel will then reconvene to consider any submissions.

Alternatively, Council should abandon the Amendment.



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