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Better Planning
for Queensland
- a new era

A new planning system for Queensland

On 26 May 2016, history was created with the passage of new planning legislation for Queensland.

The new planning laws provide the basis for securing the liveability, sustainability and prosperity of our communities, both now and into the future. The legislation will deliver a transparent and efficient system that contributes to investment and jobs, and embraces genuine community engagement.

The new planning legislation will commence in mid-2017, following a (minimum) 12-month transition process. Read more.


Watch and learn

Watch and learn more about planning through a few videos we have created.


A new planning system.


Our new Planning Act.

Better planning for Queensland news

Over the next 12 months, as we get out and about talking to Queenslanders about the new system, we'll keep you up to date on all our news from across the state.

Supporting Councils transition to a new system

14 July 2016

The department has commenced working with councils to help them transition to the new system. While the transitional provisions in the new Act will ensure all planning schemes will operate effectively from day one of the new system councils will need to do a little prep work to ensure everything runs smoothly.

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Helping Queenslanders understand the new planning system

1 July 2016

With more than 12 months to deliver the new system, the department has a big goal of ensuring Queenslanders understand the new planning system better than the current system.

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The moment the new legislation passed

12 May 2016

It was approximately 12.25 am when, after almost five hours of debating in parliament, the new legislation was passed.

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Delivering a new planning system – events and engagements