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The new plan making system is underpinned by several initiatives that will improve its operation and ensure planning is more relevant to local communities, who have more time to get involved.

  1. The number of state planning instruments has reduced from four to two, to minimise confusion and complexity.
  2. One statutory instrument – the Minister’s Guidelines and Rules (PDF icon 1.4 MB) set out all of the process requirements for plan making and for making infrastructure designations.
  3. Provides local government with flexibility on how they work with their community in the development of their planning scheme.
  4. Communities will have two more weeks to comment on their planning scheme (at least eight weeks).
  5. Local government are only required to include mandatory elements in their scheme rather than follow the current, very large prescribed structure.
  6. The state government will provide councils with practical tools and guidance material to help them better engage with their communities on plan making.

To learn more about plan making read chapter two of the Planning Act.

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Download this information as a fact sheet (PDF icon 453 KB).


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