Review of the Fences Act 1968

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Amendment to the Fences Act 2014

 

From the 22 September 2014 the Fences Amendment Act 2014 will come into operation.

The Act includes amendments to the Fences Act 1968. For information on these reforms please visit the Dispute Settlement Centre Victoria website by clicking here.

 

Review of the Fences Act 1968

 

"The first review of the Fences Act in thirty years".

The Law Reform Committee received terms of reference to conduct a Review of the Fences Act 1968 on 23 September 1997.

The Committee tabled its final report in Parliament on 11 November 1998. The report is pdf available for download as a pdf file 594.44 Kb. Other documents released by the Committee are also available for download from the Reports tab.

 

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PLEASE NOTE: The Committee is not able to provide advice about fences. If you are unable to find an answer to your question in the Fencing QuickGuide, please do not contact the Committee as we will be unable to assist you. We suggest that you contact the Dispute Settlement Centre of Victoria, a community legal centre or a solicitor.

Terms of Reference

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Under the powers found in Section 4F (1) (a) (ii) and Section 4F (3) of the Parliamentary Committees Act 1968 the Governor in Council refers the following matters to the Law Reform Committee-

  1. The Committee is requested to review the Victorian Fences Act 1968 ("the Act") and in particular to consider:
    • whether the Act meets the objectives of planning schemes in Victoria as defined in Section 4 (1) of the Planning and Environment Act 1987, especially having regard to the need to encourage the development of well-designed medium-density housing;
    • whether the Act otherwise adequately deals with all situations associated with separating the lands of different occupiers, such as where buildings form a part of a common boundary between properties;
    • whether the Act should be amended to provide a quicker, less expensive and more accessible means of resolving fencing disputes.
  2. The Committee is requested to make its final report to Parliament by the first sitting day of the 1998 Spring Parliamentary sittings.

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PLEASE NOTE: The Committee is not able to provide advice about fences. If you are unable to find an answer to your question in the Fencing QuickGuide, please do not contact the Committee as we will be unable to assist you. We suggest that you contact the Dispute Settlement Centre of Victoria, a community legal centre or a solicitor instead.

Report and Response

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Final report

The final report for this inquiry was tabled in Parliament on 11 November 1998. It is pdf available for download as a pdf file 594.44 Kb.

Fencing QuickGuide

The Committee has also created the Fencing Quickguide: The Layperson's Guide To Fencing Law which may be of assistance to people who have a fencing-related problem.

Media release

The media release which was issued on 11 November 1998 when this report was tabled in Parliament is also pdf available for download as a pdf file 18.75 Kb.

Government response

The Government's response to the final report is pdf available for download as a pdf file 115.66 Kb.

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PLEASE NOTE: The Committee is not able to provide advice about fences. If you are unable to find an answer to your question in the Fencing QuickGuide, please do not contact the Committee as we will be unable to assist you. We suggest that you contact the Dispute Settlement Centre of Victoria, a community legal centre or a solicitor instead.