The role of the Minister
The Minister for Planning has responsibility for a range of functions and, in certain circumstances, has the power to intervene on matters associated with planning and heritage processes.
This may involve:
- amending a planning scheme, with exemption from notice requirements
- advancing the processing of an amendment to a planning scheme
- assuming responsibility for a planning application being assessed by council
- assuming responsibility for a planning application that is before the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal (VCAT)
- assuming responsibility for recommendations for registration and permits under the Heritage Act that are being considered by the Heritage Council or VCAT.
These powers are provided for under the Planning and Environment Act 1987, the Heritage Act 1995 and the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal Act 1998.
More information about circumstances in which the Minister considers exercising these powers and the principles that apply in considering a request for intervention is contained in the following Practice Note:
The Minister and Planning Scheme Amendments
The Minister for Planning approves amendments to planning schemes and may issue directions to planning authorities about the preparation of planning schemes and amendments to planning schemes. These are called Ministerial Directions.
In certain circumstances the Minister has the power to intervene on matters associated with amending planning schemes.
The Minister and Planning Applications
The Minister for Planning has the power to ‘call in’ or assume responsibility for certain planning permit applications.
The Minister and Planning Permits
The Minister for Planning is also the Responsible Authority and Planning Authority for certain large-scale developments.