Course Title: Statutory Planning

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Statutory Planning

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


365H Global, Urban and Social Studies

Face-to-Face or Internet

Sem 1 2007,
Sem 2 2011,
Sem 2 2012,
Sem 2 2013,
Sem 2 2014,
Sem 2 2015,
Sem 2 2016,
Sem 2 2017,
Sem 2 2018,
Sem 2 2019

Course Coordinator: Dr Stephen Rowley

Course Coordinator Phone: (03) 9925 3444

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Availability: on request

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities



Course Description

The purpose of this course is to provide you with an understanding of the legislation governing the use and development of land in Victoria, and its application to regulate land use and development. You will explore statutory planning as an important element of the activity or process planning, and in its broader context. In this course you will be introduced to the intent and operation of planning and environmental legislation, including planning schemes in Victoria. Understanding how legislation operates, particularly the application of environmental and land use and development laws, is an essential body of knowledge to prepare you for work as a planner or in environmental management.
The course develops planning and environmental management skills and techniques through the application of legislative provisions and processes to land use, and development proposals that impact on people, the social and economic framework and particularly the environment.

You will explore statutory planning as an important element of the activity or process of planning, and in its broader context.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

In this course you will develop the following program capabilities:

  • communication
  • critical analysis
  • critical awareness
  • environmental awareness
  • technical and professional skills

Upon successful completion of the course you will be able to:

  • identify and analyse the principal features of the Victorian planning system and related administrative processes,
  • describe the operation of the relevant environmental and planning legislation and planning schemes;
  • process applications for planning approvals to achieve the objectives of sound planning and environmental management and
  • protection;
  • competently use computerised planning information;
  • analyse how planning schemes operate and the purposes and uses of various approaches to land use planning and environmental management;
  • undertake independent research on planning issues

Overview of Learning Activities

Learning activities in the course will include lectures (face to face or online), tutorials and/or online discussion and case studies. You will have opportunities through reading and discussion to extend and deepen your knowledge of some key topic areas, and engagement with a range of materials including relevant case studies and real world examples.

Overview of Learning Resources

Learning resources will include set texts, and additional resources and case study materials made available online via myRMIT/studies

Overview of Assessment

You will be assessed on how well you meet the course’s learning outcomes and on your development against the program capabilities.

Assessment tasks may include a planning scheme analysis, reports and examinations.

  • If you have a long term medical condition and/or disability it may be possible to negotiate to vary aspects of the learning or assessment methods. You can contact the program coordinator or the Disability Liaison Unit if you would like to find out more.
  • A student charter summarises your responsibilities as an RMIT student as well as those of your teachers.
  • Your course assessment conforms to RMIT assessment principles, regulations, policies, procedures and instructions which are available for review online: