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The PIA National Awards for Planning Excellence recognises the important role of the planning profession and stimulates public awareness of good planning. This awards program is the only Australia-wide program that recognises and rewards planners.

In 2009 the department won the Rural and Regional Planning Achievement Award and the Minister’s Award for the Far North Queensland Draft Regional Plan 2025.

In 2009, the department was also nominated for the following:

  • Urban Design – Plans and Ideas Award: Crime Prevention through Environmental Design Guidelines for Queensland and Queensland Police Service and our department
  • Environmental Planning and Conservation Award: The SEQ Ecosystem Services Project, SEQ Catchments Ltd and University of the Sunshine Coast and our department.