A GAIC Policy Statement  and Application Guidelines have been prepared to ensure the effective and transparent allocation of GAIC funds to deliver critical infrastructure projects to Melbourne’s growth areas.

Under under Part 9B of the Planning and Environment Act 1987 (the Act), allocations for recommended projects are authorised by the Minister for Planning and, if required, approved by the Treasurer.

At the beginning of each calendar year, the Minister for Planning will call for funding applications from all Ministers. All applications must be authorised by the responsible portfolio Minister to ensure coordination of priorities. Applications also must meet legislative and eligibility criteria.

Final assessment of shortlisted projects will occur in May, with announcements of approved projects to be made from July onwards. Consideration will also be given to priorities submitted by the relevant Metropolitan Partnership region, and projects that promote social inclusion.

Victorian Government departments (or agencies through the relevant department) can apply for funding to deliver important infrastructure projects that address the needs of growth communities. Projects must be within one of the seven growth councils and within the urban growth boundary.To ensure coordination of priorities, applications must be authorised by the relevant Minister. 

Developers can seek to provide works or land for future state infrastructure in lieu of paying the contribution. Proposals for GAIC work-in-kind (WIK) agreements are to be directed to the Victorian Planning Authority. This can offset all or some of a developer’s GAIC liability.

All applications for GAIC funding will be assessed by an interdepartmental panel convened by Local Government Victoria (LGV). The panel will undertake due diligence to ensure eligibility and deliverability, assess the priority of projects and recommend funding proposals for consideration by the Minister for Planning.

Local Government Victoria is responsible for the administration of funding rounds, including assessesing applications for completeness and deliverability. Further details of the application process for GAIC funds can be found in the GAIC Application Guidelines, which are updated annually.

Funding decisions will be informed by a strategic pipeline of state infrastructure projects in the growth areas, drawn from Precinct Structure Plans and corridor-level infrastructure needs assessments.

GAIC receipts made and expenditure paid out in each Growth Area

Growth Area

Total GAIC receipts 

at 30 June 2018

$

Total expenditure and future commitments

at 30 June 2018*

$

Total expenditure

at 30 June 2018**

$

Casey

123,918,161

144,062,244

7,487,777

Cardinia

0

7,337,500

2,000,000

Hume

91,099,083

78,188,982

17,188,074

Melton

84,418,098

82,252,961

47,836,286

Mitchell

626,704

4,055,986

3,975,120

Whittlesea

2,733,559

24,601,741

17,877,963

Wyndham

90,888,611

35,164,129

10,738,511

TOTAL

393,684,215

375,663,543

107,103,731

* Includes SRO expenses paid and invoiced but not yet paid in proportion to GAIC funds received per growth area.

**Includes SRO expenses paid in proportion to GAIC funds received per growth area.

Page last updated: 13/05/19