Hundreds of thousands of Victorians live in apartments. It is vital we have design standards that ensure high livability, including accessibility to private open space, windows and natural ventilation. The inquiry is investigating the potential for better apartment design standards, including an examination of initiatives undertaken by other states or nations. 



On 4 August 2021 the Legislative Assembly agreed to the following motion:

That this House refers an inquiry into apartment design standards to the Environment and Planning Standing Committee for consideration and report no later than 30 March 2022* and the Committee should consider better apartment design standards, in a global context including, but not limited to, an examination of the:

(a) current apartment living standards in Victoria;

(b) improvements that can be made to the liveability in apartments and apartment building developments, including communal areas; and

(c) initiatives undertaken by other states or nations that have improved apartment design standards.

*The reporting date was extended to 30 June 2022 by resolution of the Legislative Assembly on 7 September 2021.**

**The reporting date was further extended to 31 August 2022 by resolution of the Legislative Assembly on 8 March 2022.


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Legislative Assembly Environment and Planning Committee
Parliament House, Spring Street