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Directions Paper

This Queensland Government is committed to delivering a better planning system that enables responsible development and delivers prosperity, sustainability and liveability.

Queensland’s planning system should support effective and genuine public participation in planning, whilst providing for efficient and consistent decision making that instils investment and community confidence.

Our Directions Paper (PDF icon 396 KB) charts a strategic course for the next steps in planning reform, and is particularly focussed on the immediate legislative reform agenda. A new Planning Bill will be introduced to the Queensland Parliament by October 2015, based on the following principles:

  • Enabling responsible and sustainable development
  • Stimulating economic growth and innovation
  • Ensuring genuine public participation in the planning process, and
  • Delivering clear and concise legislation that supports effective and efficient planning and development assessment.

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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.