Development Assessment Regulations and Practice Directions - Update

6 September 2019

The Planning, Development and Infrastructure Act 2016 (the PDI Act) establishes a new assessment framework for the processing of development applications. The detailed procedures for planning, building and land division assessment (which collectively provide development approval) are set out in the draft Planning, Development and Infrastructure (General) (Development Assessment) Variation Regulations 2019 (the draft Regulations).

The draft Regulations were initially prepared based on consultation with the public, industry, local councils and the professional planning and development community through a discussion paper titled Assessment Pathways: How Will They Work?, released in August 2018.

The draft Regulations were then released for further public consultation from 16 January 2019 to 1 March 2019, along with four draft Practice Directions regarding:

  1. public notification
  2. restricted/impact-assessed development
  3. conditions
  4. standard conditions for deemed planning consent.

A What We Have Heard Report is now available, which summarises the key messages that were communicated throughout the draft Regulations and Practice Directions consultation process.