Growth Area Infrastructure Contribution

The GAIC scheme came into effect in Victoria in July 2010 and affects all land that has been brought within an urban growth boundary. GAIC scheme liability may be triggered by a land owner upon purchasing or transferring a property, receiving a statement of compliance for a plan of subdivision or making an application for a building permit. If not approached correctly, a land owner or purchaser may find itself in a difficult financial position.

The GAIC scheme concerns the following municipalities:

  • Cardinia
  • Casey
  • Hume
  • Melton
  • Mitchell
  • Whittlesea
  • Wyndham

Our services

  • General or specific advice on liability and trigger events
  • Staged payment applications
  • Applications to defer liability
  • Undue hardship applications

Recent Decision

In the landmark decision of Frontlink Pty Ltd v Commissioner of State Revenue [2016] VSC 25 handed down on 11 February 2016, the Court confirmed that if a developer is required to divest land for a public purpose, then it is possible to do so without triggering GAIC.


John Cicero


Town planning law, Property development, Restrictive covenants, Land acquisition and compensation, Growth Areas Infrastructure Contribution (GAIC), Local government law, Environmental planning law.

Joel Snyder

Managing Principal

Infrastructure, Building Disputes, Land Acquisition and Compensation, Property Transactions, Growth Areas Infrastructure Contribution (GAIC)

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