Course Title: Statutory Planning and Environmental Regulation

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Statutory Planning and Environmental Regulation

Credit Points: 12


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


365H Global, Urban and Social Studies


Sem 1 2007,
Sem 1 2009,
Sem 1 2010,
Sem 1 2012,
Sem 1 2013,
Sem 1 2014,
Sem 1 2015,
Sem 1 2016,
Sem 1 2017,
Sem 1 2018,
Sem 1 2019,
Sem 1 2020

Course Coordinator: Dr Stephen Rowley

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 3444

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: Building 8, Level 11

Course Coordinator Availability: By appointment

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


Course Description

The purpose of this course is to provide students with an understanding of legal systems in governing land use planning and the processes to regulate development. The course focuses on the Victorian planning system, while also providing examples form other jurisdictions and an introduction to state and national environmental laws. You will examine statutory planning in the context of planning principles and objectives and the relationship between statutory and strategic planning. You will analyse planning systems considering how well they work and how they might be improved.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

Course Learning Outcomes

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

• summarise principal planning and environmental legislation applying in Victoria and the procedures established under that legislation

• outline and conduct processes for creating, amending and assessing planning development schemes and proposals

• analyse planning schemes and apply to decision making contexts

• evaluate the limitations of planning systems and argue for possible alternatives.

• reflect on the ethical dimensions of professional practice, making determinations that take into account multiple viewpoints and competing imperatives.


Program Learning Outcomes

In this course you will develop the following program learning outcomes:

• Discern the value of information and knowledge from a wide variety of sources and experiences and reflect on and evaluate their application in planning practice and research

• Work with others in a range of roles and contexts, demonstrating cultural and social sensitivity, environmental stewardship and ethical and reflective practice. 


Overview of Learning Activities

You will be engaged in learning that involves a range of activities both face to face and online such as lectures, tutorials, computer labs, group and class discussion, group activities and individual research.

Overview of Learning Resources

RMIT will provide you with resources and tools for learning in this course through our online systems.

A list of recommended learning resources will be provided by your lecturer, including books, journal articles and web resources. You will also be expected to seek further resources relevant to the focus of your own learning.

The University Library has extensive resources for planning students. The Library has produced a subject guide that includes quality online and print resources for your studies [].

The Library provides guides on academic referencing: and subject specialist help via your Liaison Librarian

Overview of Assessment

You will be assessed on how well you meet the course’s learning outcomes and on your development against the program learning outcomes. Assessment may include reports, essays, presentations or exams.

Feedback will be given on all assessment tasks.

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.

Your course assessment conforms to RMIT assessment principles, regulations, policies, procedures and instructions which are available for review online: