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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 development assessment system.


Community engagement in planning.

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.

Development Assessment Rules now open for public comment

24 October 2016

A new statutory instrument – the Development Assessment Rules – will set out a standardised development assessment process that will ensure applications are progressed in a consistent and transparent way, in accordance with community expectations.

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Community training modules now available

29 September 2016

The department has released the first of five online training modules to support the community to gain an understanding of the new planning system, which will commence in mid-2017.

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Council's first cab off the rank in delivering planning reform

1 September 2016

The Planning Reform team recently completed a series of council workshops across the state to outline the fundamentals of the new system and start the transition process.

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Delivering a new planning system – events and engagements