This article highlights opportunities for you to take part in
shaping the regulation of development in Queensland and to provide
feedback on your experiences of major project development
Let's talk about 'SARA' – having your say on
Queensland's State Assessment and Referral Agency
Opportunity to comment on Major Project Development Assessment
Let's talk about 'SARA' – having your
say on Queensland's State Assessment and Referral
The Queensland Government is calling for stakeholders to help
shape the design of its State Assessment and Referral Agency
(SARA) which is set to go live by the end of June
SARA is part of a raft of planning reforms introduced in 2012 to
streamline the development assessment and approval process in
SARA will be a single point of reference for all developments
where a state government agency is an assessment manager or
referral agency. The Department of State Development,
Infrastructure and Planning (SDIP) will perform
the SARA role, consolidating the interests of multiple state
assessment agencies across the development approval process.
Under the current process, when considering referred development
applications, state agencies only have regard to matters within
their own jurisdiction. This raises the potential for conflicting
responses and contradictory conditions of development.
The goal of SARA is to resolve the conflicts, decrease
inefficiencies in the assessment process and increase certainty of
development outcomes, as well as ensure that the state's
interests are properly represented. SDIP will coordinate the
responses from state agencies and ensure that all inconsistencies
are resolved before the issue of the decision notice or referral
The final details of the SARA model are a work in progress. SDIP
is working with other state agencies and local governments to
develop the most effective prototype for providing SARA and SDIP is
currently calling for stakeholders to complete a short survey based
on feedback on the current processes of referrals to state agencies
to inform its design. The survey will close on 29 March
2013. Click here to
Opportunity to comment on major project development
The Productivity Commission has been charged with benchmarking
Australia's major project development assessment and approvals
processes against international best practice and to make
recommendations for improvements. This follows the Commission's
2011 benchmarking report into regulation in different states and
territories of planning, zoning and development assessments.
The Commission is acting upon industry concerns that lengthy,
duplicative and complex development approval processes across all
levels of government impose significant burdens on Australian
The focus of the Commission's study will be on the
unnecessary regulation faced by the proponents of large-scale
private and public sector projects across a wide range of industry
sectors including resources, infrastructure and commercial
The Commission is interested in receiving submissions from
stakeholders with direct experience in negotiating the development
assessment processes associated with getting a major project off
It is important for stakeholders to make submissions and
potentially shape the future agenda for the reduction of green tape
associated with major projects. The Commission's 2011 report
into development assessment systems was heavily relied on in
setting the reform agenda for New South Wales' planning
Submissions to the Commission may be made until 25 March
2013. To assist stakeholders to make their submissions,
the Commission has released an issues paper which is available by
The Commission is due to submit its report and recommendations
in December 2013.
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guide to the subject matter. Specialist advice should be sought
about your specific circumstances.
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