Course Title: Property Planning and Public Policy

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Property Planning and Public Policy

Credit Points: 12


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


325H Property, Construction & Project Management


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: Rebecca Leshinsky

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 3501

Course Coordinator Email:

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

You should have satisfactorily completed the prerequisite course BUIL1247 Introduction to Built Environment Law before you commence this course.

Course Description

An important consideration in the property sector and the wider community is the formulation and administration of policy and legislature over the use and development of land. In this course you will examine Australian land resources and land development polices as determined by the different levels of Australian government. The objectives of this course are to develop your knowledge of the Australian public policy and how this governs land use and development, and to expand your understanding of the relation between the property sector and wider regulatory and policy frameworks.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

In this course you will develop the following program capabilities:

1 Determine and apply knowledge of complex property and valuation theory to your professional practice and/or further study
2 Professionally communicate to a range of audiences, demonstrating in depth knowledge of the discipline and of the needs of diverse property and valuation stakeholders
3 Apply logical, critical and creative thinking to analyse, synthesise and apply theoretical knowledge, and technical skills, to formulate evidenced based solutions to industry problems or issues
5 Collaborate effectively with others and demonstrate intellectual independence and autonomy to solve problems and/or address industry issues and imperatives

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

• Analyse and apply Australian statutory planning processes, including the key provisions of Federal and State Planning Acts, to determine and communicate the legality of land use and development opportunities to key stakeholders
• Interpret and apply statutory planning policies to determine whether land use and development opportunities meet Australian statutory requirements
• Analyse and apply Australian land resources and issues policies in Australia, including Native Title, to determine compliance in the use and development of land
• Interpret planning regulations and apply these to land use zoning.

Overview of Learning Activities

Learning in this course consists of lectures and workshops, and will include activities such as case study exercises, and class discussions.

Overview of Learning Resources

RMIT will provide you with resources and tools for learning in this course through our online systems.
A text book may be required for this course which will be supplemented with current and recent reading material, including legislature and case 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 may include class exercises, assignments, tests and final exam.
Feedback will be provided throughout the semester in class and/or online discussions, through individual and group feedback and by individual consultation.
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.
An assessment 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 and procedures which are described and referenced in a single document:;ID=ln1kd66y87rc .’