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Queensland's planning legislation sets the framework and process for development assessment and the basics required for an application and the roles and rights of applicants, submitters and decision-makers.

The development assessment system is a vehicle to deliver development that will meet the vision of the local government's local planning scheme.

Local government set out the development aspirations of their community within its planning scheme. Once the local planning scheme is approved by the state government, the local government then assesses development applications lodged against it.

The new planning system embraces development partners and their contribution to the community, by giving certainty and confidence to them and their investors, which in turn will create jobs for Queenslanders and contribute to our economic success.

Development must not come at the expense of community participation and engagement, so new measures have been introduced to provide greater transparency and certainty for Queenslanders.

Read more about the new system.

Susie Williams video

Watch one of our planners, Susie Williams, talk about development generally and how it will operate under the Planning Act 2016.


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To learn more about the new planning system visit the department’s planning site.