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State planning is implemented through state planning instruments that articulate the State Government's position on planning and development related issues.

Under the Planning Act 2012, there are two types of state planning instruments:

  • State Planning Policy – sets out 17 state interests that must be addressed through local government planning schemes, regional plans and when designating premises for infrastructure
  • Regional plans – region specific plans intended to balance and integrate state government policy for each region

The State planning regulatory provisions and Queensland Planning Provisions are no longer state planning instruments under the Planning Act.

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On 3 July 2017, Queensland started operating under new planning legislation – the Planning Act 2016. Information on this page relates to the previous legislation – the Sustainable Planning Act 2009. Learn more about the new planning system.