State planning instruments are statutory instruments that articulate the government's position on planning and development related issues and provide for the protection and management of those issues within the planning and development system.
Under the Sustainable Planning Act 2009, there are four types of state planning instruments:
- State planning regulatory provisions – used to regulate development
- State planning policy – address specific matters of state interest for the whole or part of the state
- Regional plans - region specific intended to balance and integrate related government policy for each region
- Queensland Planning Provisions – used to facilitate consistency in planning schemes across the state