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Our Structure and Functions

The NSW Department of Planning and Environment (the Department) is the principal government agency responsible for driving sustainable growth in NSW.

The Department's aim is to deliver strategies and decisions that balance planning and environmental issues. Our goal is to facilitate sustainable growth and employment in NSW.

Collaboration with government agencies

We work closely with local government, stakeholders and the community, in the areas of:
  • long-term regional planning
  • well-located housing and employment land
  • state significant development proposals
  • protection of the natural environment
  • caring for culture, heritage and Aboriginal country.

 In our collaboration with government agencies, we aim to:
  • promote greater community and stakeholder consultation
  • integrate land use planning and infrastructure provision
  • deliver development assessments for major development and infrastructure projects 
  • guide the policies and strategies for land use, heritage and conservation.

Affiliated agencies within our portfolio

Collaboration with the community

We deliver policies to support the planning system, with the aim of having a positive impact on the community. Our initiatives include:
  • raising the standard of building and design 
  • releasing new land for housing and employment 
  • developing strategies which guide sustainable planning 
  • protecting the environment through impact assessments 
  • driving best practice in development approvals
  • publishing population projections and analyses
  • assessing major projects of state significance 
  • managing key planning reforms.

We manage and deliver key reforms, including the NSW Housing Code and the Commercial and Industrial Code.

Page last updated: 30/05/2016