The Victorian State Government is moving forward with the process of developing apartment design guidelines following the release in May 2015 of the ‘Better Apartments Discussion Paper’. Submissions in response to the Discussion Paper closed at the end of July and the Government is now beginning the next phase of consultation which will be via a series of workshops with various stakeholders.

Following the Collie submission, we have been invited to attend the industry, peak body and professionals workshop which is being run by the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning as well as the Office of the Victorian Government Architect. This workshop seeks further expertise, input and debate from those in the industry that made a submission in response to the Discussion Paper.

It will be interesting to see how the results of the industry and community consultation workshops inform the development of the apartment design guidelines.