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The Minister for Infrastructure, Local Government and Planning may give direction to a local government, assessment manager, concurrence agency or applicant.

Under the Sustainable Planning Act 2009 (SPA) the Planning Minister has the power to give notice of a ministerial direction. The direction may only be given by the minister if the direction is in relation to a state interest.

Under SPA, a state interest is:

  • an interest that the minister considers affects an economic or environmental interest of the state or a part of the state, including sustainable development
  • an interest that the minister considers affects the interest of ensuring there is an efficient, effective and accountable planning and development assessment system.

Ministerial directions under SPA:

  • Under section 126 of SPA, the minister may exercise their power to direct a local government to amend a local planning instrument.
  • Under section 127 of SPA, the minister may exercise their power to direct a local government to prepare a consolidated planning scheme.
  • Under section 417 of SPA, the minister may exercise their power to direct an assessment manager to provide the minister with all future applications for a particular development or in a particular area.
  • Under section 418 of SPA, the minister may exercise their power to direct an assessment manager on a particular application.
  • Under section 419 of SPA, the minister may exercise their power to direct an assessment manager to attach conditions determined by the minister.
  • Under section 420 of SPA, the minister may exercise their power to direct concurrency agencies for an application.
  • Under section 421 of SPA, the minister may exercise their power to direct applicants to comply with aspects or stages of IDAS.

Similar provisions are included in section 2.3.1 and section 3.6.1 of the Integrated Planning Act 1997.

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