Anyone can ask a planning authority to prepare an amendment. A proponent must be able to demonstrate to the planning authority (usually the council) adequate justification as to why an amendment should be prepared.
Before an amendment can be prepared, it must be authorised by the Minister for Planning. The Minister may also authorise a planning authority to approve an amendment after certification by the Secretary, Department of Planning and Community Development (DPCD).
Usually, an amendment is placed on public exhibition for at least one month. If there are submissions which cannot be resolved by the planning authority, the Minister for Planning will appoint an independent panel to consider submissions if the proposed amendment is to proceed. When it receives the report from the panel, the planning authority must either adopt or abandon the amendment.
An amendment becomes part of the planning scheme when it is approved by the Minister and notice is given in the Victorian Government Gazette. In instances where both a permit and an amendment are required, the Act makes provision for a combined permit and amendment process. For more information about the amendment process go to Process guide and Using Victoria's Planning System.