Over the past few years, there have been several changes to the legislative framework that underpins the development application and approval process.

These changes can contribute to increased risk and complexity in how applications are processed. Further complexity arises from other factors including changing regulatory instruments, local versus state government requirements, and the nature of the application itself.

Depending on the development, the application may be assessed by either the local government or the state government.

Queensland has reviewed and updated its planning legislation, with the revised State Planning Policy taking effect from 3 July 2017.

Audit Objective

This audit will assess whether local governments’ processes for development applications and approvals are efficient and effective and comply with relevant regulatory requirements.

Who we might audit
  • Department of State Development, Manufacturing, Infrastructure and Planning
  • Department of Local Government, Racing and Multicultural Affairs
  • Selected local councils.
Parliamentary Committee
Economics and Governance Committee
Audit status
Anticipated tabling: to be advised