Andrews Labour Government have released a draft of the Apartment Design Guidelines aimed at increasing design standards while maintaining affordability in Melbourne’s booming apartment market. Specific areas where better standards are sought are natural light and ventilation and introducing minimum standards that will support health and wellbeing of occupants. For the past four years Melbourne has won title of the world’s most liveable city. These draft design standards aim to enhance Victoria’s reputation for liveability.
Community survey participants ranked the key issues affecting apartment by most to least important and identified daylight space, natural ventilation, noise and energy as the top issues. At present Victoria has a limited level of design guidance for apartment developments when compared to other Australian states.
Visit haveyoursay.delwp.vic.gov.au/better-apartments to provide your feedback before 19 September 2016. Your feedback will inform final Apartment Design Standards that will be introduced later this year.