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

diagram depicting Queensland's planning framework

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 (SPOLA) 2012

Sustainable Planning Regulation 2009 (SP Regulation) amendments

Since the commencement of the Sustainable Planning Regulation 2009, 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 1 July 2015

Sustainable Planning Amendment Regulation (No.2)

The Sustainable Planning Regulation 2009 was amended on 26 June 2015.

The following amendments take effect on 1 July 2015:

  • an increase in the Schedule 20 Court fees and Schedule 21 Building and Development Committee fees in line with the government indexation rate.

The following amendments take effect on 6 July 2015:

  • an increase in the State Assessment and Referral Agency (SARA) fees at Schedule 7A and prescribed matters for IDAS Part 3 (Division 3 fees) in line with the government indexation rate
  • redundant state referral triggers at Schedule 7, table 2, item 47 and Schedule 7, table 3, item 26 have been removed
  • a drafting error in Schedule 5, part 1, table 3 has been corrected to include applications for code assessment in addition to impact assessment
  • state-controlled road and public passenger transport triggers in Schedule 7, table 2, item 3; Schedule 7, table 3, 1A and Schedule 7, table 3, item 14 have been updated to introduce a 50m3 threshold for filling and excavation, consistent with existing threshold
  • the referral threshold for additional classrooms in Schedule 9 (where there is no increase in student numbers) has been removed
  • the wording of a fee item in Schedule 7A, part 2, item 4 has been changed to clarify the interpretation of this item
  • the definition of the State development assessment provisions (SDAP) (Schedule 26) has been updated to reflect the current version.

The following amendments take effect on 1 September 2015:

  • Schedule 24, part 1, item 16 has been amended to require development to be designated as community infrastructure under chapter 5 of the Sustainable Planning Act 2009 (SPA) for the clearing of native vegetation to be exempt
  • Schedule 24 has been amended to allow vegetation clearing to continue to be exempt for government supported transport infrastructure.

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.