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The State Planning Policy (SPP) (PDF icon 3.54 MB), which commenced on 29 April 2016, contains 16 state interests that are important to protect and enhance through Queensland's continued development. It is a key component of the state's land use planning system that enables responsible development, contributing to a liveable, sustainable and prosperous Queensland.

The SPP provides clarity to local governments when making and amending local planning instruments and assessing development applications and assists applicants in preparing development applications. The SPP makes it easier for local governments to reflect and balance state interests 'up front' in local planning schemes, ensuring the right developments are approved in the right locations without undue delays. For more information on the SPP, please refer to the State Planning Policy fact sheet (PDF icon 398 KB).

The SPP is supported by state interest guidelines which are provided to assist the implementation of policy.

The SPP is currently under a review as part of a state interest review project. To view the updated SPP and to have your say visit qld.gov.au/planninginterests. Formal submissions are invited on the updated SPP from Monday 21 November 2016 until Friday 10 February 2017.

Submissions can be provided in one of the following three ways:

  1. online submission form
  2. in writing to:
    The Honourable Jackie Trad MP
    Deputy Premier, Minister for Infrastructure, Local Government and Planning and Minister for Trade and Investment
    c/- State Interest Feedback
    Planning Group
    Department of Infrastructure, Local Government and Planning
    PO Box 15009
    CITY EAST  QLD  4002
  3. email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Amendments to the SPP

Amendments to the SPP are listed below, with the most recent version of the SPP being SPP April 2016.

SPP April 2016

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

SPP July 2014

SPP December 2013

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