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The Planning Act 2016 will commence on 3 July 2017, replacing the Sustainable Planning Act 2009. If you are planning to lodge a development application under the Sustainable Planning Act for which the state (SARA) is the assessment manager, you will need to ensure that lodgement is completed through the MyDAS system prior to 5pm on Friday 30 June 2017. The department has prepared a fact sheet (PDF icon 535 KB) to assist with this transition.

The State Assessment and Referral Agency (SARA) is delivering a coordinated, whole-of-government approach to the state's assessment of development applications. SARA means that the chief executive of SPA, the department's Director-General, is the assessment manager or referral agency for development applications where the state has a jurisdiction.

The department is continuing to work with other state agencies, industry and local governments to enhance and improve SARA operations, including through the SARA fast track assessment framework. In addition, on-going regulatory amendments will continue to assist SARA to streamline development assessment processes.

While the department is responsible for a number of referral agency triggers under SARA provisions, there are still a number of other entities that exist outside of SARA that hold jurisdiction for their own referral agency triggers. Schedule 7 of the Sustainable Planning Regulation 2009 sets out all referral agencies and their jurisdiction, and further information is also available through the SARA FAQs.

Key performance indicators

The department is committed to improving its customer service experiences and has developed key performance indicators to drive the delivery of a successful and efficient development assessment system.

MyDAS - online preparation and lodgement system

SARA is supported by MyDAS - an online system that allows an applicant to prepare and lodge or refer applications to SARA where the state is the assessment manager or a referral agency for a development application.

You can log on to MyDAS now, or, if you are a new MyDAS user, visit the MyDAS page.

General enquiries and feedback

If you have any enquiries regarding an application, or are seeking guidance on a possible application, please contact your local regional office.

For MyDAS technical support, general enquiries or feedback, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 13 QGOV (13 74 68) between 8.30am and 5pm Monday to Friday (except public holidays).

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