Credit points: 15

Subject outline

In this subject students take a comparative approach to governance and planning law by comparing the planning systems governing land use and development across various states, then focusing on the relevant Acts and related legislation in Victoria . Topics covered include: planning as a process and the limitations of land use and development controls; the principles of judicial review of administrative action; scheme amendment; permit applications and applications for review; enforcement; and compensation for land acquisition and the impact of planning decisions. Students then focus on the formulation and implementation of planning policies and development controls on land in Victoria.

SchoolHumanities and Social Sciences

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorKiran Shinde

Available to Study Abroad/Exchange StudentsNo

Subject year levelYear Level 4 - UG/Hons/1st Yr PG

Available as ElectiveNo

Learning ActivitiesLectures, report, test

Capstone subjectNo

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites Enrolment into a postgraduate planning program or the Bachelor of Urban, Rural & Environmental Planning or students enrolled in ABURE or ACCPD or AGCPD or AMCPD or AMSPMD


Incompatible subjectsPLA5UGP

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Quota Management StrategyN/A

Quota-conditions or rulesN/A

Special conditionsN/A

Minimum credit point requirementN/A

Assumed knowledgeN/A

Career Ready


Work-based learningNo

Self sourced or Uni sourcedN/A

Entire subject or partial subjectN/A

Total hours/days requiredN/A

Location of WBL activity (region)N/A

WBL addtional requirementsN/A

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

Graduate Capabilities

COMMUNICATION - Communicating and Influencing
INQUIRY AND ANALYSIS - Creativity and Innovation
INQUIRY AND ANALYSIS - Critical Thinking and Problem Solving
INQUIRY AND ANALYSIS - Research and Evidence-Based Inquiry

Intended Learning Outcomes

01. Competence to perform tasks involving the use of computerised planning information
02. Develop an understanding of how planning schemes operate in different states, and assess the purposes and uses of various approaches to land use planning
03. Develop an understanding of statutory planning elements by processing applications for planning approvals to achieve the objectives of planning and environmental protection
04. Further develop research and writing skills through independent research
05. Understand the principal elements of the Victorian planning system and related administrative processes, and of environmental and planning legislation.

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Bendigo, 2021, Semester 2, Blended


Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorKiran Shinde

Class requirements

Lecture/WorkshopWeek: 30 - 42
Twelve 3.00 hours lecture/workshop per study period on any day including weekend during the day from week 30 to week 42 and delivered via blended.


Assessment elementCommentsCategoryContributionHurdle% ILO*

1 hr test (1000 word equivalence) This assessment tests knowledge of the planning system.

N/AOtherIndividualNo20 SILO2, SILO3, SILO4, SILO5

Case study report (1250 words) This assessment helps students learn about the planning systems in different states.

N/AOtherIndividualNo30 SILO1, SILO2, SILO3, SILO4, SILO5

Statutory Planning Practicums (1000 words) These activities help students learn practical planning procedures.

N/AOtherIndividualNo20 SILO1, SILO2, SILO4, SILO5

Role Play and 1250 word reflective piece In these activities, students demonstrate their knowledge and ability to articulate their knowledge.

N/AOtherIndividualNo30 SILO3, SILO4, SILO5