Under SARA, the chief executive administering the Sustainable Planning Act 2009 (being the Director-General of the Department of Infrastructure, Local Government and Planning (DILGP)) is the assessment manager or referral agency for all development applications where the State has a jurisdiction. The Department, through its regional offices, is therefore the single point of lodgement and assessment for all development applications for the State. This does not include government-owned corporations such as Energex, Ergon, ports or airports.
In assessing development applications, the Department will seek technical advice from other relevant state agencies that had a former jurisdiction in the particular matter. However, for the purposes of SPA, these agencies will not be formal advice agencies. There will be only one state agency decision notice issued by the Department and covering all relevant state interests.
SARA is designed to be delivered regionally, and the Department has regional offices throughout the state. A development application related to a particular region will be assessed by the relevant departmental regional office with delegation to regional staff.
All applications to SARA can be lodged electronically through MyDAS, the online preparation, lodgement and referral system. Although lodgement through MyDAS is encouraged, you can also lodge a development application with your closest regional office, or by email, post or in person. However, please note that it may take up to five business days to process applications lodged via these methods.
You can also contact the regional office closest to your development site if you have questions about preparing, lodging or progressing a development application.
All applications and referrals made to SARA can be submitted online through MyDAS, the online preparation, lodgement and referral system. You can log on to MyDAS now, or, if you are a new MyDAS user, visit the MyDAS page.
Yes, several councils still use eDA to support the preparation, lodgement and processing of development applications (where council is the assessment manager). If the State is the assessment manager, applicants must lodge through MyDAS.
For more information, visit the eDA page.
All development applications must be accompanied by IDAS form 1 - Application details and any other IDAS forms relevant to the particular application. Copies of all IDAS forms are available online.
Part 3, Division 3 (Fees) and Schedule 7A of the Sustainable Planning Regulation 2009 sets out the current development assessment fees for matters of interest to the state and for Brisbane core port land. Find out more about development assessment fees and the fee review.
Note that where a local government is the assessment manager for a development application, they may have additional forms and separate application fees which are required to be completed and paid at the time of lodgement.
The State Development Assessment Provisions (SDAP) sets out the matters of interest to the state in development assessment. Criteria are provided in a development assessment code format called 'state codes'. These state codes will be used by the Department and state technical agencies to assess development applications.
A suite of code response templates have been prepared to assist applicants in addressing the relevant state codes.
The SDAP is amended from time to time to align with State Government reforms, to provide further clarification of certain provisions, and to narrow the scope of the state's assessment of development applications. All versions of SDAP are published on the Department's SDAP web page.
Pre-lodgement discussions are encouraged to improve the quality of incoming applications and potentially reduce the requirement for information requests.
Applicants can request a pre-lodgement meeting through MyDAS, or by completing the pre-lodgement form ( 113 KB) and sending it directly to your local regional office.
There are still a number of entities that exist outside of SARA and hold jurisdiction for their own referral agency triggers.
Schedule 7 of the Sustainable Planning Regulation 2009 sets out all referral agencies and their jurisdiction. The following entities are referral agencies listed in schedule 7 which operate independently of SARA:
- Gold Coast Waterways Authority
- Ports North
- North Queensland Bulk Ports Corporation
- Port of Townsville
- Port Alma (Rockhampton)
- Gladstone Ports Corporation
- Port of Bundaberg
- Port of Brisbane
- SEQ Water
- the relevant licence holder (as relevant under the Petroleum Act 1923)
- Minister for Transport
- the minister under the Transport Infrastructure Act 1994 - for strategic port land and airports
- Department of Community Safety (Queensland Fire and Emergency Services)
- Safe Food Queensland
- Queensland Health
- the relevant local government
- Department of Treasury and Trade (Hazardous Industries and Chemicals Branch)
- Department of Treasury and Trade (Office of Fair and Safe Work Queensland)
- Department of Treasury and Trade (Private Sector Industrial Relations)
- Department of Education and Training
Please note that it is the applicant's responsibility to correctly refer applications under Schedule 7 of the Sustainable Planning Regulation 2009.