Animal Industries Advisory Committee

The Animal Industries Advisory Committee was appointed to consider how the planning system can support the establishment and expansion of productive, competitive and market-responsive animal industries in Victoria, balancing environmental outcomes and community expectations.

The Advisory Committee was required to provide advice to the Minister for Planning and the Minister for Agriculture, in accordance with the approved Terms of Reference (Version 2) (PDF 562.8 KB) on:

  • The role and function of the planning system in supporting the establishment and expansion of animal industries in the context of changing industry practice to increase production, be competitive and respond to market changes; and
  • The adequacy of the definition of 'intensive animal husbandry' in Clause 74 of the Victoria Planning Provisions and all planning schemes having regard to emerging farming systems and practices, incremental changes to existing operations over time and changing consumer preference.

Advisory Committee

The Advisory Committee comprises:

  • Lester Townsend (Chair)
  • Hugh Millar
  • Katherine Navarro
  • Lucinda Peterson

Advisory Committee Biographies (DOC 40.0 KB)

Progress of the Advisory Committee

Updates on the progress of the Advisory Committee, including any Hearings that may be held will be provided on this web page.




Discussion Paper released

Discussion Paper (PDF 1.3 MB) available for public comment

The period for making a submission closed on 5 February 2016 - 146 submissions were received 

Public Hearings

The Hearing were held on 22, 23, 24, 25 and 26 February 2016 

Advisory Committee Hearings Timetable - Version 5 (PDF 404.6 KB)

Submission of Final Report

In accordance with the Terms of Reference the Advisory Committee's Final Report was to be submitted within 40 business days of the completion of the Hearings 

Final Report submitted on 29 April 2016

Final Report and Victorian Government response

The Advisory Committee submitted its Final Report (PDF 2.0 MB)to the Minister for Planning and the Minister for Agriculture on 29 April 2016.

The Victorian Government response, Planning for Sustainable Animal Industries (October 2016) and more information can be viewed on the Agriculture Victoria website.


If you have any queries please contact Elissa Bell in Planning Panels Victoria on (03) 9223 5317 or

Page last reviewed on 12 October 2016

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