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Better Planning
for Queensland
- a new era

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Queensland’s new planning system commenced on 3 July 2017. The new planning system established through the Planning Act 2016, provide the basis for securing the liveability, sustainability and prosperity of our communities, both now and into the future.

This website provides an overview of the key changes and benefits of the new planning system, compared to the previous, which was established under the Sustainable Planning Act 2009 (repealed on 3 July 2017).

You can visit the department’s new planning website to learn more and access all information relating to the new planning system.

Better planning for Queensland news

Over the next 12 months, as we get out and about talking to Queenslanders about the new system, we'll keep you up to date on all our news from across the state.

Minister’s Guidelines and Rules open for public comment

8 March 2017

The Minister's Guidelines and Rules (MGR) is the key instrument that will mandate how local planning schemes and other local planning instruments are made (or changed).

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State interest review consultation closed

10 February 2017

Consultation on the draft Planning Regulation, updated State Planning Policy, and revised State Development Assessment Provisions has now closed.

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Consultation closed on Development Assessment Rules

5 January 2017

A new statutory instrument – the Development Assessment Rules – will set out a standardised development assessment process that will ensure applications are progressed in a consistent and transparent way, in accordance with community expectations.

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Delivering a new planning system – events and engagements