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Queensland's planning and development assessment system comprises a hierarchy of planning instruments, starting with the Sustainable Planning Act 2009.

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The Sustainable Planning Act 2009 (SPA) (PDF icon) and Sustainable Planning Regulation 2009 (PDF icon) came into effect on 18 December 2009 and replaced the Integrated Planning Act 1997 (IPA).

SPA is the legislation applied to Queensland's planning and development system. SPA:

  • manages the process by which development takes place, including ensuring the process is accountable, effective and efficient and delivers sustainable outcomes
  • manages the effects of development on the environment (including managing the use of premises)
  • coordinates and integrates planning at local, regional and state levels.

As part of creating Australia's best planning and development assessment system, the Queensland Government is preparing new planning legislation. The planning reform aims to create a more efficient planning system that supports investment and jobs, but will not come at the expense of community participation or the role of local governments.

Amendments to SPA

State Development, Infrastructure and Planning (Red Tape Reduction) and Other Legislation Amendment Act 2014

Sustainable Planning (Infrastructure Charges) and Other Legislation Amendment Act 2014 (SPICOLA 2014)

Sustainable Planning and Other Legislation 2012

Sustainable Planning Regulation 2009 amendments

Since the commencement of the Sustainable Planning Regulation 2009 (SP Regulation), there have been a number of amendments made which are detailed below. Please note any amendments to the SP Regulation initiated and led by other state agencies are not necessarily listed below.

Amendments commencing 5 December 2016

Sustainable Planning Amendment Regulation No.4 of 2016

  • Amend schedule 1 to include Noosa Shire Council in the South East Queensland (SEQ) designated region following de-amalgamation with Sunshine Coast Regional Council.
  • Amend sections relating to ‘particular dams’ to narrow the scope of applications for operational works associated with a dam which are assessable development or require referral by the state to capture only those dams which have been given a category 1 or category 2 failure impact rating under the Water Supply (Safety and Reliability) Act 2008.
  • Amend schedule 7A to clarify the applicable fee for particular dams assessment manager and concurrence agency development applications.
  • Include a new schedule 7 referral trigger and associated fee item capturing material change of use (MCU) applications for areas adjoining a Queensland heritage place to ensure the state assesses any impact on the cultural heritage significance of the place.
  • Amend schedule 3 to remove duplication in the assessment of development applications by state and local government via amending the term ‘local heritage place’ to exclude places on the Queensland heritage register.
  • Amend schedule 4 and schedule 26 to remove outdated references to completed education programs where exemptions from development assessment were provided as the programs are complete and exemptions are therefore no longer relevant.
  • Amend schedule 7, table 2, item 15 to remove private revetment walls from assessment where these are part of low risk works.
  • Amend schedule 7, table 3, item 2 and Schedule 9 to exclude development applications for accommodation activities in the Brisbane and Gold Coast central business district (CBD) from ‘threshold’ referrals to the state for assessment of impacts on state transport infrastructure, as traffic potentially generally by an individual new development is inconsequential to the already busy transport network.
  • Amend schedule 9 to clarify the threshold criteria for accommodation activities to mitigate confusion between the number of dwellings or premises and the number of people it is designed to accommodate.
  • Amend the schedule 26 definition of ‘excluded material change of use’ to include additional low risk development types that do not require referral for state transport infrastructure assessment under material change of use state transport referral triggers, and
  • Amend the schedule 26 definition for the SDAP to reflect the amendment version which will take effect on 5 December 2016.

Amendments commencing 22 July 2016

Amendments commencing 8 July 2016

Amendments commencing 29 March 2016

Amendments commencing 23 November 2015

Amendments commencing 1 July 2015

Amendments commencing 1 June 2015

Amendments commencing 1 May 2015

Amendments commencing 27 October 2014

Amendments commencing 4 July 2014

Amendments commencing 28 April 2014

Amendments commencing 2 December 2013

Amendments commencing 11 October 2013

Amendments commencing 30 August 2013

Amendments commencing 2 August 2013

Amendments commencing 1 July 2013

Amendments commencing 12 April 2013

Amendments commencing 15 March 2013

Amendments commencing 14 December 2012

Chapter 8A of the Sustainable Planning Act 2009: urban encroachment provisions register of premises

The urban encroachment provisions of the SPA commenced in February 2012. The provisions enable particular premises to register for protection from specific nuisance actions brought by encroaching intensifying urban development.

Registration can be sought by existing industries and particular activities with significant economic, heritage or infrastructure values to the state, regional, local area or community within which they are situated.

Registration of Milton Brewery

Name of the premises:

Milton Brewery
Castlemaine Perkins Pty Limited
185 Milton Road
Milton Queensland
Lot 35 Plan SL805565
View a map of the affected area (PDF icon 2.19 MB)

Details of activities as per the Certificate of Registration (PDF icon 202 KB) and EPA Permit (PDF icon 1.16 MB) and Spill Lighting Measurements Report (PDF icon 632 KB).

The registration ends on 27 April 2019.

Note: The existing protection for Milton Brewery was transferred to SPA, and Milton Brewery is taken to be premises registered under Chapter 8A, part 3 of the SPA.

Transitioning from the Integrated Planning Act 1997 to the Sustainable Planning Act 2009

The transitional provisions have been designed to minimise disruption and to ensure that all processes commenced under the Integrated Planning Act 1997 (IPA) can be completed under the IPA. All applications lodged prior to 18 December 2009 will be assessed using the IPA process. All applications lodged on or after 18 December 2009 will be assessed using the SPA process.

Local planning schemes made under IPA will remain in effect until they are updated. All new planning schemes or schemes amended to come into effect after 18 December 2009 will need to comply with SPA.

A comprehensive guide, From IPA to SPA (PDF icon 500 KB), outlining what's changed and a summary of the Act, Your guide to the Sustainable Planning Act 2009, are also available.

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