Planning and Development

The Sustainable Planning Act 2009 came into effect on 18 December 2009 which replaced the former Integrated Planning Act 1997.
The Act aims to focus from planning process to delivering sustainable outcomes, reducing the complexity of the process and introduce a regime for people to reach agreement and resolve disputes.
The Sustainable Planning and Other Legislation Amendment (SPOLA) Bill was assent on 22 November 2012 to become the SPOLA Act.
This legislation is the first step towards reforming and simplifying the planning framework. A key component of this act is establishing a single state assessment and referral agency for development applications.