Mr Trevor

Mr Trevor Budge AM

Associate Professor, Coordinator Community Planning and Development Program

College of Arts, Social Sciences and Commerce

Humanities and Social Sciences

Arts Building 3.12, Bendigo


BA (Monash), Dip Ed (Monash), Dip Town & Regional Planning (Melbourne), MA Town Planning (Victoria).



Membership of professional associations

Member of the editorial board of Urban Policy and Research. President, Vic Division Planning Institute of Australia, 2003 – 2006.

Area of study

International Development

Brief profile

Associate Professor Trevor Budge co-ordinates a suite of four undergraduate and postgraduate courses. He is an Adjunct Professor at RMIT and a Visiting Professor in the Town and Country Planning Program at the University of Moratuwa in Sri Lanka. In the 2011 Queens Birthday Honours he was awarded an AM - Member in the General Division in the Order of Australia ‘for service to town planning, particularly the development of regional and rural communities in Victoria, and to education’. He has been awarded a Life Fellowship and Lifetime Achievement Award from the Planning Institute of Australia. He was Victorian President of the Institute for three years. He Chairs the Institute’s National Education Committee, which is responsible for the accreditation of courses and has a long running involvement with the Institute’s Planning for Health Program. He is a Board Member of Victoria Walks, which is sponsored by VicHealth and a member of the Victorian Food Alliance Advisory Council. He has played a leading role in establishing the Planning Institute’s six year Post Tsunami project in Sri Lanka.

He has a BA with majors in Geography and History, a Diploma of Education, a Diploma of Town and Country Planning, and an MA by research in Town Planning. He has worked for State government departments, regional planning bodies and local government and he conducted his own consulting business for 16 years prior to becoming a full time academic.  He established Victoria’s first courses in urban and regional planning offered outside a metropolitan setting and has secured national accreditation for them by the Planning Institute of Australia. The courses feature innovative forms of delivery including block mode, extensive fieldwork, real commissioned community projects, work placements and a very active program of overseas study tours accredited against the course requirements.

He has organised seven major conferences on planning issues and has led ten international study tours for planners. His experience covers a wide variety of planning projects, demographic analysis, heritage and conservation studies, community consultation, and regional studies. His work has involved him in rural regions, small country towns, outer metropolitan areas and major regional centres.

He has given numerous lectures on planning at universities in Australia and the United States, presented papers at Conferences in Australia, the United States, Canada, Sri Lanka, Turkey, Finland and New Zealand. He is widely acknowledged for his work in integrating land use planning with natural resource management plans and strategies and for his work in the planning and development of country towns where he has conducted over 400 workshops and community consultation programs.

Research interests

International Aid and Development

- Planning and development in Sri Lanka

Urban and Regional Studies

- Food, health, planning and communities

- Historical development of urban areas and settler societies

- Planning, demography and development of rural and regional Australia

Teaching units

  • Planning practice.
  • Statutory planning
  • History and development of planning and cities
  • Rural and regional planning
  • Community planning an development

Recent publications

Publications Forthcoming – Book Chapters

  • T. Budge & A. Butt, (2012) A Sustainability Agenda in Planning Education, in M. Robertson (ed), Schooling for Sustainable Development: A Focus on Australia, New Zealand and the Oceanic Region Vol. 3, Springer, ISBN 978-94-007-2881-3
  • A. Butt & T. Budge, (2012) Regional Cities in P. Beilharz & T. Hogan (eds), Sociology: Antipodean Perspectives – Second Edition, South Melbourne, Oxford University Press
  • T. Budge (2012), Is food a missing ingredient in Australia’s metropolitan planning strategies? In Q. Farmar-Bowers, J. Millar and V. Higgins, (eds) Food Security in Australia: challenges and prospects for the future, Springer

Recent Refereed Conference Papers

  • T. Budge (2011) The Failure of a Set Menu: Can we have a metropolitan planning agenda without food? Paper Presented at the 3rd World Planning Schools Congress, Perth (WA), 4-8 July 2011
  • T. Budge & M. Chesterfield (2011) Australia’s Regional Cities: Are They Part of the Nation’s Network of Cities or Only When it Matters Politically? Paper to be presented at the State of Australia’s Cities Conference, Melbourne

Selected Publications

  • Budge, T., Butt, A. and Ratnayake, R. 2009, 'Cross Cultural Learning form the Tsunami: Professional Planners from Australia and Sri Lanka’, Bhumi, 1(1): 44-55.
  • Jones, M., Coiacetto, E, Jackson, J, Coote, M, Steele, W, Budge, T and Gall, S 2009, 'Generating academic standards and assessment practices in work integrated learning: a case study from urban and regional planning', Asia‐Pacific Journal of Cooperative Education, 10(3): 203‐215.
  • Budge, T and Slade, C 2009, ‘Integrating Land Use Planning and Food Security’, a report for the Victorian Local Governance Association.
  • Budge, T, Butt, A, Fraser, K, Kennedy, M, Slade, C N and Vaughan, N 2009, Broadband in Drought-Affected Communities: Assessing the current and potential role of broadband infrastructure and access in strengthening communities. Funded by the Commonwealth Telecommunications Research Grants Program.
  • Budge, T and Butt, A 2009, 'I’ll have my city medium thanks. What do medium sized cities offer an urban planning and policy agenda?' Paper presented to the 4th State of Australian Cities Conference, Perth, Western Australia, November, 2009.
  • Budge, T 2009, 'The decline and rise of urban agriculture: Can urban agriculture deliver on multiple urban planning and policy fronts?' Paper presented to the 4th State of Australian Cities Conference, Perth, Western Australia, November, 2009.
  • Budge, T and Butt, A 2009, 'The Shock of the New: Experimenting with Innovative Methods to Teach Core Curriculum'. Paper presented to the Conference of the Australian and New Zealand Association of Planning Schools, Brisbane, Queensland, September 2009.
  • Budge, T 2009, ‘Food and Health: The missing ingredients in Australia’s metropolitan planning strategies’. Paper presented at the 47th International Making Cities Liveable Conference, Portland Oregon USA.
  • Budge, T and Butt, A 2009, ‘Planning and Innovation on Australia: Two Case Study Cities’. Paper presented at the American Planning Association National Conference Minneapolis Minnesota USA.
  • Budge, T 2009, ‘Educating Planners, Educating for Planning or Planning Education:     the Never-Ending Story’. Paper delivered at the ‘The Future of Planning Education’ Conference, University of South Australia, Adelaide.

Research projects

Current Commissioned Research and Consulting

  • Australian Farm Institute, Does Australia Need a National Policy to Protect Productive Agricultural Land with RMIT University
  • Department of Planning and Community Development, Preparation of a Murray River Settlement Strategy
  • Experiential learning in planning education: resources and tools for good practice ALTC Research Project, University of Sunshine Coast (Lead), Edith Cowan University, La Trobe University, Planning Institute of Australia and University of Tasmania Two Year Project Total value $176,000
  • Attraction and retention: the role of mobility in educational pathways and human capital development ARC Linkages Project LP120100212 Corcoran, Dr Jonathan J; Bell, Prof Martin J  (University of Queensland); Budge, A/Prof Trevor M (La Trobe University) ; McKenzie, Ms Fiona (Department of Planning and Community Development Victoria). This project will examine the factors that attract and retain school leavers and tertiary graduates in cities, towns and rural areas of non-metropolitan Victoria. It will increase understanding of how spatial mobility shapes young people's transition through higher education to adulthood and guide regional development policy. Total value $150,000