ShapeVIC is a digital solution that makes it easy for local councils to plan, fund and monitor public infrastructure in Victoria. Developed and tested by our expert team, in consultation with local councils, ShapeVIC makes developing, monitoring and adjusting development contribution plans straightforward.
ShapeVIC has two modules:
Creator helps local councils create their DCP. It provides a central point for data collection and preparation and calculates contributions. The web-based tool includes a dashboard to validate data and refine scenarios.
Monitor reviews the performance of an adopted DCP throughout its entire duration. The ShapeVIC dashboard displays key indicators including alerts of legal and operational requirements, allowing local councils to make timely and appropriate decisions. Yearly Ministerial reports can be exported directly from the dashboard.
Why development contribution plans?
The population of Victoria is projected to increase from 6.3 million residents in 2018 to 8.5 million residents by 2038. To keep the pace with future demand, local governments need to invest in upgrading an expand their infrastructure. Otherwise, anticipated growth is likely to stress existing infrastructure, compromising living standards for the community.
The Planning and Environment Act 1987 enables infrastructure funding through the development approval process. For example, Development Contribution Plans (DCPs) allow urban authorities to charge future users for their share of infrastructure. This instrument can generate significant revenue to fund infrastructure in growth areas.