Planning And Urban Design

Melbourne's planning and urban design expertise has helped transform the city into an internationally recognised urban centre.

In 2016, Melbourne was once again ranked the world's most liveable city by the Economist Intelligence Unit's Global Liveability Index, securing perfect scores in healthcare, education and infrastructure.

Melbourne boasts some of the most innovative buildings and infrastructure in the world. This urban renewal comprises state-of-the-art planning; innovative health services; leading education and research institutions; world-class sporting facilities; and a dynamic arts and cultural scene - all of which supports the state's diverse economy.

Enhancing the liveability of Victoria's regional centres has been a key objective of Victoria's economic development and growth strategy. Liveable regional cities help to grow and support the wider community, building a sustainable Victoria through regional growth.

Victoria's Planning And Urban Design Capabilities

Victoria's expertise and capabilities in planning and design include:

  • economics, social planning and investment
  • planning policy, strategic urban planning and design
  • architecture and building
  • environmental and sustainable design and engineering
  • urban management
  • education and research.

The Victorian Government provides leadership and guidance to the planning, design and development industries, working with local governments, architects, planners, developers and other clients, to shape our environment.

The Victorian Government is currently finalising its refresh of the long-term vision for the state, Plan Melbourne.

Victoria's planning and urban design expertise will assist governments and growing economies around the world, particularly in Asia, as they seek to meet the critical challenges of urbanisation.

Liveability Victoria International aims to promote best practice, providing expertise and services in planning and design for sustainable urban development.

For more information on Victoria's planning and urban design initiatives visit:

Plan Melbourne
Urban design and development in Victoria
Fishermans Bend: Urban renewal
Yarra River Protection
Better Apartments
Smart Planning Program
Regional growth plans

Case Study: The Royal Children’s Hospital Melbourne

Royal children's hospital

There is growing evidence that shows the impact built environments can have on human health and wellbeing. The Royal Children's Hospital in Melbourne is one example that shows how architects have integrated natural elements into the design of the new children's hospital. In this case, the architects pursued a design in which nature would nurture – where recovery would be faster and wellbeing enhanced through accommodating children, their families and staff in a building that would embrace and reflect the best of nature.

Find out more: The nature of nurture: The Royal Children's Hospital

Photographer: John Gollings