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.