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Liberal/National Coalition Policies

HIA 2018 Victorian State Election Policy Overview – Liberal/National Coalition Policies

Here is a summary of some of the policies announced by the Liberal/National Coalition Party during the 2018 state election that may impact housing, provided from the party’s election platform material.

The Liberal/Nationals have a plan for population management and a policy direction to see greater growth in regional Victoria. Land supply in Melbourne has also been a focus.


  • Building the North East Link and East West Link and associated removal of some intersections
  • High Speed rail network to regional Victoria

Managing Growth

  • A Population Commission would be established to assess and determine the likely population levels for Victorian the short and longer term. This includes regional cities.
  • The Population Commission to advise linking the rezoning of growth areas to infrastructure and services funding to expedite GAIC and contributions.
  • Development Contributions and GAIC to be expended in the area for which they are intended. Works in kind to bring infrastructure delivery forward,
  • A population decentralisation unit in the Victorian Planning Authority would be established to distribute population, service and infrastructure delivery throughout the whole of our state, and not just Melbourne. It would forward land supply in regional areas as a matter of priority
  • A dedicated Minister for Decentralisation and a Minister for Geelong would be appointed.

Land Supply

  • Fast-track the release of up to an additional 290,000 residential housing lots to help address Housing Affordability.
  • mandate the completion of all metropolitan Precinct Structure Plans by 30 June 2020
  • No changes to the current urban growth boundary required for additional lots
  • Streamline process to reduce delays with the issuing of land titles
  • Introduce a priority post-Precinct Structure Planning dispute resolution process in the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal to reduce time and cost associated with this process
  • Introduce timeframes enforced by financial penalties for responsible authorities and referral authorities driving unreasonable delays in the land supply delivery process.

Statutory Planning Measures

  • Repeal the two-dwelling limit on development blocks in Neighbourhood Residential Zones.
  • Reintroduce the nine metre discretionary height limit in the General Residential Zone, which was increased to 11 metres with a three-storey cap
  • Restore the “Regional Flying Squad” to assist regional councils with resources


  • Provision of quality training for those entering the industry or improve their skills

Red Tape

  • Support for individual contractors and their compliance with relevant legislative and regulatory requirements.