About the Infrastructure Design Manual (IDM)
Their joint initiative was one which recognised the benefits of municipalities working together towards consistent requirements and standards for the design and development of infrastructure.
The first version of the IDM came into use in October 2007 when it was placed online.
Benefits of a common Infrastructure Design Manual
Provides a better defence at the Victorian Civil Appeals Tribunal (VCAT) when the design requirements have been developed and adopted by a number of municipalities.
Sharing financial and human resources to produce an Infrastructure Design Manual which will satisfy the requirements of each of the participating municipalities.
Developing more consistency amongst design requirements for Consultants and Developers working in the participating municipalities.
Sharing of ideas and practices helps the municipalities to adopt the best practice of each.
To clearly document participating Council's requirements for the design and development of infrastructure.