The Better Apartments project is a joint initiative of the Department of
Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP)
and the Office of the Victorian Government Architect (OVGA).
In August 2016, the Victorian Government released Better Apartments Draft Design Standards for public consultation. Consultation on the draft standards closed on 19 September 2016. The feedback received will help government finalise the standards later this year.
Better Apartments Draft Design Standards [PDF File - 9.7 MB]
Better Apartments Draft Design Standards (Accessible version) [MS Word Document - 1.6 MB]
Better Apartments overview [PDF File - 3.1 MB]
Better Apartments overview (Accessible version) [MS Word Document - 40.0 KB]
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In May 2015,
Apartments – A Discussion Paper [PDF File - 841.7 KB] kick-started a statewide conversation with the
community, local government and industry about internal apartment amenity and
potential future design.
survey responses and about 150 submissions were received on the discussion
paper. Community survey participants ranked the key issues affecting apartment
amenity by most to least important – identifying daylight, space, natural
ventilation and noise as the top issues.
Apartments Public Engagement Report [PDF File - 957.1 KB] was released in December 2015.
during the Better Apartments project has included:
- a community survey and submissions on the draft design standards
- a community survey and submissions on the discussion paper
- workshops and information sessions with local government, community, and industry
- interviews with key stakeholders
- a stakeholder reference group of peak industry, local government and consumer bodies who provided advice on implementation options
- a local government working group who tested options
The Minister for
Planning established a reference group of peak industry, consumer and local
government bodies to provide a sounding board for DELWP and OVGA in shaping
potential implementation measures for the Better Apartments project. Members of
the reference group include: the Australian Institute of Architects, Building
Designers Association of Victoria, Housing Industry Association, Master
Builders Association of Victoria, Municipal Association of Victoria, Planning
Institute of Australia, Property Council of Australia, Real Estate Institute of
Victoria, Urban Development Institute of Australia, and the Victorian Planning
and Environmental Law Association.
Local Government Working Group
A local government
working group was established to help test potential implementation measures
for the Better Apartments project. The group included representation from
central, inner, middle, outer and regional councils.
Discussion paper – what
you told us
Participants in the survey on the May 2015 Better Apartments discussion paper were asked to rank the key issues affecting apartment amenity by most to
least important. The top five issues were daylight, space, natural ventilation, noise, and energy and resources. View the Public Engagement Summary [PDF File - 201.2 KB] and the Public Engagement Report [PDF File - 957.1 KB] to find out more.
Apartments Public Engagement Report, Summary and supplementary
reports below outline the analysis of the feedback received on the Better Apartments Discussion Paper
during 2015. There will be further opportunities for engagement in mid-2016.
Public engagement on the Discussion Paper included:
- May to July 2015 –
Submissions to the discussion paper and community survey
- July 2015 – Minister's
- August to September
2015 – Workshops with local government, community, and industry
- September to October
2015 – Interviews with key stakeholders
Public Engagement Report (Dec 2015)
Better Apartments - Public Engagement Summary [PDF File - 201.2 KB]
Better Apartments - Public Engagement Summary (accessible version) [MS Word Document - 70.5 KB]
Better Apartments - Public Engagement Report [PDF File - 957.1 KB]
Better Apartments - Public Engagement Report (accessible version) [MS Word Document - 727.0 KB]
Supplementary Engagement Reports (Dec 2015)
Better Apartments Community Survey Results [PDF File - 342.0 KB]
Better Apartments Workshops Results [PDF File - 480.6 KB]
Better Apartments Interviews Results [PDF File - 473.4 KB]
Written submissions (Dec 2015)
Click on the section headings below to view submissions to the May 2015 Better Apartments discussion paper or view all submissions.