State planning is implemented through state planning instruments that articulate the State Government's position on planning and development related issues.
Under the Sustainable Planning Act 2009, there are four types of state planning instruments:
- State planning regulatory provisions - used to regulate development and can apply to all or part of the state
- State Planning Policy - sets out 16 state interests that must be addressed through local government planning schemes, regional plans and when designating land for community infrastructure
- Regional plans - region specific plans intended to balance and integrate state government policy for each region
- Queensland Planning Provisions - used to facilitate consistency in planning schemes across the state.