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Docklands governance and management

Docklands is not just a residential suburb, a business centre and an entertainment and recreation centre – it’s also a development site. As a result, the governance of the Docklands is unique in the City of Melbourne.

Proposed new governance model

On 20 March 2012, the City of Melbourne and Places Victoria proposed a new governance model for Docklands, to enhance effective governance and improve City of Melbourne participation in decisions affecting Docklands.

The report to the Docklands Coordination Committee proposing the new governance model, including a proposal to establish a Docklands Community Forum, can be viewed at Docklands Coordination Committee meeting documentation.

Following feedback from attendees at the Docklands Coordination Committee meeting on 20 March and further research, the initial proposal for the community forum was revised, resulting in a process to invite expressions of interest from the community to become members of the Docklands Community Forum Representative Group. For more information, visit Docklands Community Forum.

Governing parties in Docklands

Authority over the development and management of Docklands is overseen by two governing bodies:

  • Melbourne City Council is the responsible authority for all completed public areas in Docklands and ensuring the area’s prosperity and sustainability, through planning for continued growth in Docklands, while delivering quality community services and programs.
  • Places Victoria (successor to VicUrban) is the Victorian Government's land development agency, facilitating large-scale urban renewal – for residential and mixed-use purposes.  Places Victoria delivers Docklands in partnership with developers and the City of Melbourne, and is responsible for administering the precinct development agreements.

Legislation and management structures for Docklands

Legislation was passed in 2006 that spells out how the City of Melbourne and Places Victoria’s shared responsibilities should be managed.  For details, view the City of Melbourne and Docklands Acts (Governance) Act (2006). In accordance with this legislation, the City of Melbourne and Places Victoria jointly convene the Docklands Coordination Committee, which is responsible for approving any place management plan and finance and infrastructure plan for Docklands.

The shared management of Docklands by the City of Melbourne and Places Victoria is also guided by a protocol agreement.