Engineering Standards

The Engineering Design and Construction Manual for Subdivision in Growth Areas was finalised in April 2011, to standardise engineering requirements for subdivision development across all of Melbourne’s growth area councils.

Development of the manual was undertaken in consultation with growth area councils and industry organisations, prepared by consulting firm GHD.

Information Sheet – Engineering Standards Project – September 2009



Governance and Technical Committees have been formed to oversee the ongoing management and review of the manual.

These committees meet on a regular basis to consider issues of concern.



Entire Manual (April 2011) 
Addenda (refer below)

SECTION by SECTION (April 2011) 

Part A – Overview and Background
Part B – Framework and Procedures
Part C – Engineering Design
Part D – Construction Procedures
Appendix A – Land Subdivision Process Flow Chart
Appendix B – Pavement Design Charts
Appendix C – Form to Accompany Design Submissions
Appendix D – Standard Drawings
Appendix E – Useful References
Appendix F – Construction Specifications
Appendix G – Nominated Council Hold Points and Council Witness Points
Addenda (refer below)



All growth area councils have adopted the manual for use within growth area subdivisions.



Revisions to the manual will be made periodically to ensure its relevance and effectiveness.

The following revisions have been made to the manual:

Bitumen Crumb Rubber Asphalt – Addendum 1

Section 11.6.2 and table 11 requires bitumen crumb rubber asphalt for base course in pavements on expansive subgrades. In response to requests from the industry, this mandatory requirement was reviewed and an alternative pavement treatment approved consisting of a SAMI (Stress Alleviating Membrane Interlayer).

Accordingly, Section 11 has been revised to incorporate the SAMI alternative. The revised section is attached below:

Addendum 1 – Section 11

This amendment applies from 15 October 2015.


Standard Drawings – Addendum 2

Appendix D – Standard Drawings” has been updated to include a number of additional drawings, while some existing drawings have been either moved into the text of the Manual or deleted.

The revised “Appendix D – Standard Drawings” is attached below:

Addendum 2 – Standard Drawings

Revised standard drawings are attached below:

Standard Drawings

This amendment applies from 1 January 2016


Standard Drawings Consequential Amendments – Addendum 3

To complement the revision of Standard Drawings (outlined in Addendum 2), a new Section “10.16 Culs De Sacs and Turning Areas” has been added and amendments made to Section “4.7.3 Culs de Sacs and T head Courts”, Section “10.8.2 Kerb and Channel Types” and Section “13.16 Anchor Blocks”.

The new section and amendments to existing sections are outlined in Addendum 3 below:

Addendum 3 – Standard Drawings Consequential Amendments

This amendment applies from 1 January 2016


Utility Locations – Addendum 4

The location of utility (gas, water electricity and telecommunication) services in the road reserve, previously shown in Figures 003 and 004, have been updated to accord with the draft Code of Practice for the Management of Infrastructure in Road Reserves and are now incorporated into Section 10.13 Utility Locations. The revised services locations are as agreed by relevant stakeholders during development of the revised Code.

The addendum is attached below:

Addendum 4 – Section 10.13 Utility Locations

This amendment applies from 1 January 2016.


Provisional Approval of new processes and products – Addendum 5

To facilitate the adoption of new processes and products, Section “ Provisional Approval” has been included into the Manual detailing a process for the trialling and adoption of new processes and products.

The addendum is attached below:

Addendum 5 – Section Provisional Approval

This amendment applies from 1 January 2016.


Transition Process

Where significant revisions have been made to the manual, a transition process will apply if necessary for subdivision developments commenced or progressing through a design or construction process.

EDCM Transition Process 


Contacts and Further Information

For specific development issues, please contact the relevant Council.

General enquiries or matters for referral to the Governance or Technical Committees: