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We represent and advise councils in the areas of planning and building, including urban and rural planning, and planning systems improvement.

Our STEP Planning Process Improvement Program assists councils to improve their planning processes.

Planning and building news


The new VicSmart approvals process commenced on 19 September 2014 for a range of simple planning permit applications.

The MAV has prepared this 15 minute video for CEOs and council executives to explain what VicSmart is and what it means for councils.

Presenter: Rob Milner – 10 Consulting Group

What is ​VicSmart?

Transcript (Word - 41.9KB)

Bushfire Management Overlay (BMO) Briefing

Presentation and video from the BMO Briefing held on 31 July 2014.

• John Ginivan, Executive Director, DTPLI
• Simon Cover, Manager Policy, DTPLI
• Kevin Hazell, Senior Planner, DTPLI.


​BMO Briefing video

Plan Melbourne and Development Contribution Reform Briefing

Presentations and videos from the Plan Melbourne and Development Contribution Reform Briefing held on 23 May 2014.

For all other videos relating to planning and building, please see our Vimeo channel.

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​Gareth Hately
Manager, Planning and Building Infrastructure
P: 9667 5596

Kevin Peachey
STEP Planning Improvement Program
P: 9667 5529
M: 0411 060 186

Michelle Croughan
Planning Policy Adviser
P: 9667 5541
M: 0418 115 122