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Plan making provides the foundation for development to occur across the state. The Planning Act establishes a hierarchy of planning instruments that are used to articulate local and statewide land use policy that set the foundation for future development.

  • State planning instruments are produced by the state that local government must have regard to when developing their local plans.
  • Local planning instruments are owned by local governments and guide planning and development across the state (collectively).
  • Statutory instruments mandate the how, to ensure operators of the system are consistent and the community has certainty.

State planning instruments

These instruments articulate land use planning matters that the state government cares about most, which are non-negotiables. Produced by the state, local government must have regard to the state planning instruments when developing their local plans.

State Planning Policy

Regional plans

Local planning instruments

These instruments are created by local government with input from their communities, to guide growth, development and changes in their area. Local planning instruments include:

  • Planning schemes (which includes Local Government Infrastructure Plans)
  • Temporary local planning instrument
  • Planning scheme policy.

Local planning schemes

Local government infrastructure plans

Temporary local planning instrument

Planning scheme policy

Statutory instruments

These instruments mandate 'how' instruments are to be made or changed, to ensure the process is consistent and the community has certainty on when they can get involved. How local plans are made and changed, are outlined in the Minister's Guidelines and Rules; and the process for development assessment is found in the DA Rules.

Minister's Guidelines and Rules

 

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