Better Planning for Queensland

The Queensland Government is committed to delivering a better planning system that enables responsible development and delivers prosperity, sustainability and liveability for now and into the future.

Planning reform is an important part of the Government's plan for Queensland.

"We believe that planning reform can deliver a more efficient system that supports investment and jobs, but don't believe this must come at the expense of community participation or the role of local government", Deputy Premier, Jackie Trad (May 2015).

Planning reform can contribute to:

  • improving the quality of places and spaces
  • delivering a stronger economy and jobs
  • making housing more affordable
  • making sure new and existing communities are supported with infrastructure
  • protecting important natural resources
  • managing the impacts of natural hazards
  • tackling long term challenges like climate change and the ageing population.

To enable better planning the current planning legislation will be replaced with a new and easy to understand Planning Act.

The Better Planning for Queensland directions paper outlines the government's plan for planning reform and how it will establish a fairer and more open system that enables better planning in Queensland. Queenslanders are encouraged to read the paper and get involved, by providing comment.

Planning key directions News and resources

Key planning directions and community collaboration

Queensland's planning system should support effective and genuine public participation in planning, whilst providing for efficient and consistent decision making that instils investment and community confidence.

Key principles at the heart of better planning are:

  • enabling responsible development
  • stimulating economic growth and innovation
  • ensure genuine public participation in the planning process
  • Deliver clear and concise legislation that supports effective and efficient planning and development assessment.

To create a better planning and development assessment framework, has released a Key Directions Paper and welcomes the opportunity to collaborate with the community on what this means for them!

Community collaboration

The Government welcomes the opportunity to engage and collaborate with Queenslander’s on Better Planning for Queensland. Over the coming weeks and months, there are many ways to get involved and talk directly with the department on what ‘Better Planning for Queensland’ means to you.

If you have any questions please call the team on (07) 3452 6801 and be kept up to date with all the events and news by signing up for updates.

Tell us what you think about planning directions

announcements

The department is committed to keeping industry, local governments and broader community informed on reform initiatives and will post regular updates on this page.

June 2015

29 June - Free Community Presentations on Planning Reform

Throughout July, the Department will speak to community members in Brisbane, Sunshine and Gold Coast about planning reform and what it will mean for them. These free events have been coordinated by the Queensland Environmental Defenders Office (EDO) and several local partner organisations. Details of these free events are shown below:

  • Brisbane, 9 July at the University of Queensland, Steele Room (6pm – 8pm) - RSVP here
  • Sunshine Coast, 15 July at Lake Kawana Community Centre (6pm – 8pm) - RSVP here
  • Gold Coast, 15 July at Robina Community Centre (6:30pm – 8:30pm) - RSVP here

If you're a community group that would like to learn more about planning reform, please contact the Department at bestplanning@dilgp.qld.gov.au.

15 June - Department outlines key elements of Planning Reform

With the recent release of the Directions Paper – Better Planning for Queensland, the department hosted a live stream event to outline the directions in more detail and provide an update on where the team is at and next steps. You can access the video here.

4 June - Live streamed event on Key Planning Directions

With the recent release of the directions paper, Better Planning for Queensland: Next Steps in Planning Reform, the department will host a live streamed event to outline its key directions, the next steps for planning reform, followed by a question and answer session.

Tune in to hear from the department and ask any questions! If you’re unable to watch live, a recording will be available on the department’s website following the event.

Details: Monday 15 June, 9am – 10.30am.
Stream details: Hear from the department, you will require Microsoft Silverlight (a free application) – Access the live stream.
Questions in advance: If you can’t make the event and would like to question answered, send it to bestplanning@dilgp.qld.gov.au.

May 2015

25 May - Government outlines key directions for planning reform

Communities across Queensland, local councils and industry will be able to shape the future of their streets, suburbs and regions under the Palaszczuk Government's new planning reforms.

Deputy Premier and Minister for Infrastructure, Local Government and Planning Jackie Trad today released the directions paper Better Planning for Queensland, which will support community and industry consultation and guide the development of a new Planning Act.

You can provide feedback on the directions paper via this online survey.

March 2015

24 March - Continuing the planning reform process

When the election was called in January 2015, the Parliament and all its Committees were dissolved. The draft Planning Bills had entered Parliament on 25 November 2014 and were being reviewed by the then, Committee.

The new government is committed to continuing the planning reform process to ensure Queensland's planning system is contemporary, efficient and effective. The timing of the reform effort is being reviewed and when confirmed, the department will share this information with the broader planning community.

January 2015

8 January - Committee Inquiry on Planning Bills ceases due to election

With the Queensland Government now in caretaker mode, all existing Parliamentary Committees cease to exist (with the exception of the Parliamentary Crime and Corruption Committee), along with their inquiries and referrals. If you or your organisation were preparing a submission to the State Development, Infrastructure and Industry Committee on the Planning Bills, this is no longer required. In the interests of continued effective engagement, the department will still accept feedback on the draft Planning and Development Regulation and supporting documents (due 13 February 2015).

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frequently asked questions

As we go through the reform journey, we'll regularly update our Frequently Asked Questions. If you can't see your question below, please get in contact. For information on the draft planning bills, download our questions so far document (PDF icon 380 KB).

How can the community get involved in reform?

Over the coming weeks and months, there are many ways to get involved and talk directly with the Department of Infrastructure, Local Government & Planning on what ‘Better Planning for Queensland’ means to you:

  • Hear from the department
  • Send us your feedback on the key directions:
  • Your community meeting – If you would like the department to present on planning reform to your community group, please contact us
  • Come talk to us – In August/September the department will head around the state to talk to communities about planning. When these details are confirmed, they will be posted on our events page.
  • Draft Consultation Bill - When the draft Planning Bill is prepared later this year, the department will release a draft for consultation and feedback. All Queenslanders can make a submission to the draft bill.
  • Parliamentary Committee Review - After the department has considered all the submissions and refined the draft bill, it will then be introduced to Parliament. When this happens, the Parliamentary Infrastructure, Planning and Natural Resources Committee will review the draft legislation. Learn more about this process and sign up to the Parliamentary Committee e-lert system, to stay involved in this process.

What department is responsible for delivering planning reform?

The Department of Infrastructure, Local Government and Planning is responsible for delivering reform, within the Planning Group.

Why is the state writing new legislation? Why not just tweak the existing?

Queensland's current planning legislation - The Sustainable Planning Act 2009 (SPA) - is long, complex and unresponsive. The highly-regulated legislation has also created a process-driven industry, rather than one focussed on delivering positive outcomes.

Whilst the system was never claimed to be fundamentally 'broken', the accumulation of recommended changes from all stakeholder groups (government (state and local), industry, professional and other stakeholders), collectively, necessitated a new Act rather than simply 'tweaking' SPA.

Planning reform is a significant change for the industry. What support will be provided?

The department has made the commitment that it will support local government, industry and the community through any planning reform.

Detailed information, presentations and content will be available for all users of the planning system and are available from the reform website. The team has accepted several invitations to present to community, environmental and industry groups on planning reform and will continue to do so.

The government will endeavour to provide up to six months between the any new planning legislation passing and its enactment, which will provide local governments more time for transitional work with certainty as to the structure of the new system.

More details on the training and support model will be shared over the coming months.

My Council has heard that a new planning scheme will be required to support any new legislation. Is that true?

No. The transitional arrangements with any new planning legislation will ensure planning schemes (IPA or SPA) are valid and operational on 'day one' of a new system. The government is extremely cognisant of the effort already made by local governments towards new schemes and the efforts and costs required in this process.

To prepare for 'day one' of the new planning system, the government is committed to supporting councils and communities by providing a suite of tools and information that will not only support in transition, but provide the opportunity to improve the overall effectiveness of the planning scheme.

If your council would like more information on scheme transition, contact us on bestplanning@dilgp.qld.gov.au

Is this plan for reform just the same as the former government's reform program?

Since the 1960's, the State has continually looked to improve its planning and development framework, in response to its changing needs. The work of the previous government made headway towards an improved system, but we believe that work may have occurred at the expense of some important principles that should underpin reform.

Our proposed reforms build on the earlier work and seek to bring a better balance across industry, environmental and community interests to enable better planning for Queensland.

got a question?

email: bestplanning@dilgp.qld.gov.au

phone: 0428 715 609

resources

As we move towards a new planning system, the department will post a range of resources to help you better understand reform and what it means for you. Please contact the department on bestplanning@dilgp.qld.gov.au at any time, if you require more information.

Community involvement in reform

Over the coming weeks and months, there are many ways to get involved and talk directly with the Department of Infrastructure, Local Government & Planning on what ‘Better Planning for Queensland’ means to you:

  • Hear from the department
  • Send us your feedback on the key directions:
  • Your community meeting – If you would like the department to present on planning reform to your community group, please contact us
  • Come talk to us – In August/September the department will head around the state to talk to communities about planning. When these details are confirmed, they will be posted on our events page.
  • Draft Consultation Bill - When the draft Planning Bill is prepared later this year, the department will release a draft for consultation and feedback. All Queenslanders can make a submission to the draft bill.
  • Parliamentary Committee Review - After the department has considered all the submissions and refined the draft bill, it will then be introduced to Parliament. When this happens, the Parliamentary Infrastructure, Planning and Natural Resources Committee will review the draft legislation. Learn more about this process and sign up to the Parliamentary Committee e-lert system, to stay involved in this process.

Better Planning in Queensland

Better Planning for Queensland, Live Stream (15 June 2015)
Key leaders from the department came together to outline the next steps for planning reform and how to get involved.

2014 Lapsed Planning Bill Library

On 26 November 2014, the department released a suite of supporting documents to accompany the then, draft Planning and Development Bill and the Planning and Environment Courts Bill.

The documents in this library outline the four main elements of reform (Legislation, Plan Making, Development Assessment and IT Systems) and how, under the then proposed new legislation how these elements will be reflected.

While these bills have lapsed, we have kept the information and presentations pertaining to those bills online, to assist practitioners understand the previous direction.

Draft Planning Bills

Key changes (PDF icon 119 KB)
key changes to the planning bills between the consultation drafts and the final bills presented to Parliament in 2014.

Draft Bills Overview (PDF icon 1.3 MB) (includes draft regulation and access rules)

Legislation overview – James Coutts (5 December 2014).
Executive Director of Planning Services provides an overview of the draft planning bills and where they are at.

Planning Bills Consultation report (PDF icon 998 KB)

View the draft Bills

Planning and Development Bill

Draft Planning and Development Regulation (PDF icon 667 KB)

Planning and Development (Consequential) and Other Legislation Amendment Bill

Planning and Environment Court Bill

Plan Making

Proposed Plan Making System (PDF icon 3.1 MB)

Plan Making System – James Coutts (5 December 2014).
James talks about how the state is proposing to change its approach to plan making.

Infrastructure Designation – Tom Leach (5 December 2014).
Project Lead, Tom Leach runs through the key changes within Infrastructure Designation.

Scheme transition – James Coutts (5 December 2014).
James gives an overview of where the department is at in regards to scheme transition.

Development Assessment

Proposed Development Assessment System (PDF icon 4.1 MB)

Proposed DAQ Process – Kim Kirstein (5 December 2014).
Project Lead, Kim Kirstein provides a high level view of the proposed changes in the development assessment space.

Detailed Development Assessment Process – Kim Kirstein (18 November 2014).
Kim Kirstein, gives a detailed overview of the proposed DA process.

MyDAS

Supporting Systems (MyDAS) (PDF icon 581 KB)

MyDAS overview – James Coutts (5 December 2014).

hear from us

Members of the department are regularly out and about speaking about planning reform.

If your organisation would like a presentation about the draft bills by the department, please contact bestplanning@dilgp.qld.gov.au. The department will make every effort to accommodate these requests.

Events

29 June 2015 - Free Community Presentations on Planning Reform

Throughout July, the Department will speak to community members in Brisbane, Sunshine and Gold Coast about planning reform and what it will mean for them. These free events have been coordinated by the Queensland Environmental Defenders Office (EDO) and several local partner organisations. Details of these free events are shown below:

  • Brisbane, 9 July at the University of Queensland, Steele Room (6pm – 8pm) - RSVP here
  • Sunshine Coast, 15 July at Lake Kawana Community Centre (6pm – 8pm) - RSVP here
  • Gold Coast, 15 July at Robina Community Centre (6:30pm – 8:30pm) - RSVP here

If you’re a community group that would like to learn more about planning reform, please contact the Department at bestplanning@dilgp.qld.gov.au.

15 June 2015 - Live streamed event on Key Planning Directions
With the recent release of the directions paper, Better Planning for Queensland: Next Steps in Planning Reform, the department hosted a live streamed event to outline its key directions, the next steps for planning reform, followed by a question and answer session.

Watch the session here

hear from us

Members of the department are regularly out and about speaking about planning reform.

If your organisation would like a presentation about the draft bills by the department, please contact bestplanning@dilgp.qld.gov.au. The department will make every effort to accommodate these requests.