Planning Law

Subject ABPL30021 (2010)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2010.

Credit Points: 12.50
Level: 3 (Undergraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2010:

Semester 1, Parkville - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period not applicable
Assessment Period End not applicable
Last date to Self-Enrol not applicable
Census Date not applicable
Last date to Withdraw without fail not applicable

Timetable can be viewed here. For information about these dates, click here.
Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 36 hours: 1 x 2 hours of lectures per week; 1 x 1 hour studio per week.
Total Time Commitment: 120 hours

705-219 (ABPL20016) - Planning and Development Management, 100 points of Law subjects, or permission of lecturer.

Corequisites: None specified
Recommended Background Knowledge: None specified
Non Allowed Subjects: None specified
Core Participation Requirements:

For the purposes of considering requests for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (Cwth 2005), and Students Experiencing Academic Disadvantage Policy, academic requirements for this subject are articulated in the Subject Description, Subject Objectives, Generic Skills and Assessment Requirements of this entry.

The University is dedicated to provide support to those with special requirements. Further details on the disability support scheme can be found at the Disability Liaison Unit website:


Mr Mario Gutjahr


Environments and Design Student Centre

T: +61 3 8344 6417/9862
F: +61 3 8344 5532

Subject Overview:

The course begins with an outline of the structure and content of the Planning and Environment Act 1987. The process for preparing and amending planning schemes is examined, followed by the structure and content of planning schemes, using a Melbourne municipal planning scheme as a case study. The planning permit process is discussed, with particular attention to factors affecting the exercise of discretion by planning authorities. This leads to an examination of the appeal process and the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal, judicial review of planning-related decisions and issues of enforcement. The course concludes with an examination of heritage controls.

Objectives: None specified
  • Written assignments not exceeding 3000 words (40%);
  • Atwo-hour examination (60%).
Prescribed Texts: Statutory Planning in Victoria (D.Eccles & T.Bryant), 3rd Edn. 2006
Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Generic Skills:

On completion of the subject students should have developed skills in:

  • research;
  • critical analysis and writing;
  • experience with group work.
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Related Course(s): Bachelor of Property and Construction
Bachelor of Property and Construction (Honours)

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