Preparation and monitoring of Development Contribution Plans within the Victorian context


The population of Victoria is projected increase from 6.3 million residents in 2018 to 8.5 million residents by 2038 .

To keep the pace with future demand, local governments need to invest to upgrade and/or expand their infrastructure. Otherwise, anticipated growth is likely to stress existing infrastructure, compromising living standards for the community.

The Planning and Environment Act 1987 has a number of provisions enabling the funding of infrastructure through development approval process. For example, Development Contribution Plans (DCPs) allow urban authorities to charge future users for their share of infrastructure. This instrument can generate significant revenue to fund infrastructure in growth areas. Nevertheless, DCPs have not been widely adopted across Victoria, in many cases due to a lack of information and training available.

The purpose of this short course is to skill up government staff in preparing, monitoring and maintaining DCPs, to enhance this practice across Victoria. The course will be dynamic, presenting on conceptual principles, reviews of common practices and desirable strategies to successfully operate a DCP.

Course content

Local Infrastructure funding in Victoria

  • Impact mitigation
  • Value sharing
  • Inclusionary requirements
  • Users pay contribution

Development contribution plans DCPs

  • Purpose
  • principles
  • pros and cons
  • risks, commitments

Preparations of DCPs

  • Inputs
  • Calculations

Implementation and Monitoring of DCPs

  • Ministerial reports and other KPIs
  • In Kind works and cross funding

Ideal for

Local Governments staff and other government bodies.

The course does not require extensive knowledge of DC

Important Information

A 20% discount for each additional person is available if an organisation/council registers more than one person. Contact our customer service team on +61 3 9925 8111 or email to arrange the discount.

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On completion of this course, participants will have a full understanding of existing options for funding infrastructure under the Planning and Environment Act, when to use them, how to produce a DCP and how to administer and monitor their operation.



Materials supplied

Temporary access to online modelling tool

Materials to bring

Participants will need to bring their own laptop but will have access to RMIT wifi for the duration of the course.

Pen/pencil and notebook.


Participants will be awarded an RMIT Statement of Participation.

Additional notes

Course coordinator - Armando Mazzei (SGS Economics)
Ph: +61 3 8616 0331


Armando Mazzei

Armando Mazzei is an urban planner who specialises in community infrastructure and active transport planning and spatial analytics. He enjoys combining his expertise in supply and demand analysis with spatial analytics to deliver innovative solutions on projects.

Armando has been involved in key infrastructure delivery projects across a range of fields including education, libraries and the arts. He develops models that analyse current and future demand and supply scenarios to test the impact of changes on different infrastructure networks. These models allow clients to explore different options and develop a clear vision for expanding, adding or closing facilities.

His specialist expertise in infrastructure funding makes him highly skilled in preparing and auditing Development Contribution Plans (DCPs) and Infrastructure Contribution Plan (ICPs). Armando is the custodian of ShapeVIC - the SGS cloud-based solution which gives local councils an easy and reliable way to plan, fund and monitor essential public infrastructure.

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Available course dates

Thursday 18 July 2019

  • Code S365131
  • Start date 18.07.19
  • End date 19.07.19
  • Hours 14
  • Campus City
  • Fee $450.00
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Session  Start  End Hours
Thu 18.07.19 09:00am 04:00pm 7.00
Fri 19.07.19 09:00am 04:00pm 7.00

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