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The Regional Planning Interests Act 2014 (RPI Act) and Regional Planning Interests Regulation 2014 (RPI Regulation) commenced on 13 June 2014.

The RPI Act identifies and protects areas of Queensland that are of regional interest. In doing this, the RPI Act seeks to manage the impact and support coexistence of resource activities and other regulated activities in areas of regional interest. The RPI Act is supported by the RPI Regulation.

Together, the RPI Act and Regulation seek to strike an appropriate balance between protecting priority land uses and delivering a diverse and prosperous economic future for our regions. In addition, the RPI Act provides the framework for implementing various policies of the government's statutory regional plans.

The RPI Act protects:

  • living areas in regional communities
  • high-quality agricultural areas from dislocation
  • strategic cropping land
  • regionally important environmental areas.

A number of guidelines have been developed to provide more information about the RPI Act and how to make an assessment application for a regional interests development approval. View all related forms, guidelines and fact sheets.

Areas of regional interest maps are available in a searchable spatial format.

How to make an assessment application for a regional interests development approval

A regional interests development approval (RIDA) may be required when a resource or regulated activity is proposed to be located in an area of regional interest.

To obtain a RIDA, an assessment application must be made to the Chief Executive of the Department of Infrastructure, Local Government and Planning (DILGP).

For further information on how to make an assessment application for a RIDA, including access to the assessment application form, view the RPI Act forms and guidelines page.

To lodge an assessment application, either:

  • hand deliver by appointment to: Department of Infrastructure, Local Government and Planning, the RPI Act Development Assessment Team, Level 6, 63 George Street, Brisbane
  • post to: the RPI Act, Development Assessment Team, PO Box 15009, City East QLD 4002
  • email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (where applications are submitted by email, the application will only be considered after the paper copies of the application have been received and the correct fees have been received).

View current and decided applications.

Frequently asked questions

Why has the Queensland Government introduced the RPI Act?

What is an area of regional interest under the RPI Act?

What is a resource activity under the RPI Act?

What is a regulated activity under the RPI Act?

Who can make an application under the RPI Act?

Who assesses applications made under the RPI Act?

Are Conduct and Compensation Agreements still required?

How do land owners and landholders get a say in the decision making process?

Are existing mining projects subject to the RPI Act?

When are proposed resource activities exempt from seeking a regional interests development approval?

When are proposed regulated activities exempt from seeking a regional interests development approval?

Do resource proposals still require an environmental authority?

Do Strategic Cropping Land policies still apply?

What is the appeals process for decisions?

How does the RPI Act protect wild rivers?

How does the RPI Act protect Cape York?

How does the RPI Act protect the Steve Irwin Reserve?

Further information

For further information, contact us.

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