Monday 25th May 2015 - Better Planning for Queensland


The Palaszczuk Government has today confirmed its commitment to planning reform, with the release of Directions Paper, Better Planning for Queensland: Next Steps in Planning Reform.


The directions paper outlines the government’s commitment to create a planning system that is fair, open, transparent that enables responsible development and delivers prosperity, sustainability and liveability for now and into the future. To do this, the government recognises the need to:

  • enable better strategic planning and high quality development outcomes

  • ensure effective public participation and engagement in the planning framework

  • create an open, transparent and accountable planning system that delivers investment and community confidence

  • create legislation that has a practical structure and clearly expresses how land use planning and development assessment will be done in Queensland

  • support local governments to adapt to and adopt the changes.

Directions PaperTo achieve these goals, the state will prepare a new, clear, logical and consistent Planning Act, which will be introduced by October 2015. The Act will be complemented by a range of measures that will deliver better planning for Queensland. 


Working together
The Government is committed to working with local governments, the development and construction industry, planning and legal professions and environmental and community groups on its planning reform directions. 

Over the coming months a detailed timetable of events and discussions will be coordinated, so Queenslanders can contribute to the new system. Keep an eye on our website for more details.

If you made a submission to the now lapsed Planning and Development Bill, be assured it has been considered. As the new planning bill is progressed there will be several opportunities to provide a submission.


Feedback on Directions Paper
Feedback on the Directions Paper is welcome and can be provided directly to or by filling out our online feedback form