Queensland State Government announcement – Removing of Referral Triggers
Deputy Premier and Minister for State Development, Infrastructure and Planning Jeff Seeney announced that amendments to the Sustainable Planning Regulation had been made that remove a range of triggers requiring referral of development applications to State agencies.

Referral triggers to be removed include:

  • Advice referrals for conservation estate areas, cultural heritage premises, and wetlands – Department of Environment and Heritage Protection;

  • Advice referral for premises affected by acid sulfate soils – Department of Natural Resources and Mines;

  • Concurrence referral for particular applications for preliminary approval -Department of State Development, Infrastructure and Planning; and

  • Concurrence referrals for purposes of community uses, places of worship, and education-care service premises-child care centres – Department of Transport and Main Roads.


The regulation also included an important reform that streamlines the way leases were given for housing in Indigenous communities. Under the new amendments, social housing tenants will be able to convert their tenancy to a long term lease without triggering the need for a development application.

The amended regulation is available at www.legislation.qld.gov.au/LEGISLTN/CURRENT/S/SustPlanR09.pdf

Source: Planning Institute of Australia – http://www.planning.org.au/

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