Skip to main content
  • Share:

The NSW Government is taking action to ensure that government regulations are effective in achieving their objectives and do not impose unnecessary burdens on business and the community. Cutting red tape is a priority under the State Plan: A New Direction for NSW.


Under the NSW Government's Guidelines for Better Regulation, which came into effect on 1 June 2008, all new and amended regulation (Bills, regulations and statutory instruments) must demonstrate compliance with the better regulation principles. A Better Regulation Statement is required for 'significant' new and amending Bills and regulations. Its purpose is to provide Ministers, the Premier and Cabinet with sufficient information to enable them to make an informed decision about whether to approve a regulatory proposal.


Better Regulation Statements are generally made available to the public after a Bill is introduced into Parliament or after a Regulation is published on the NSW legislation website. More information is available on the Better Regulation Office website.

 

Below is a list of Better Regulation Statements prepared by the Department of Planning & Environment.

Regulatory proposal: State Environmental Planning Policy (Urban Renewal) 2010

Status: Published 15 December 2010

 

Aim: To integrate land use planning with existing or planned infrastructure to create revitalized local communities, greater access to public transport and a broader range of housing and employment options.

 

Explanation: The policy provides for potential urban renewal precincts to be nominated and studied to determine whether urban renewal is appropriate and feasible in the location, and to consider whether a new statutory framework should be introduced to facilitate this.

 

Documents: Better Regulation Statement and SEPP (Urban Renewal) 2010 (on the NSW legislation website)

 

Further information: See the Urban Renewal section of the department's website 

Regulatory proposal: Environmental Planning and Assessment Amendment (Asbestos) Regulation 2009 and State Environmental Planning Policy (Exempt and Complying Development Codes) Amendment (Asbestos) 2009

Status: Published 18 December 2009; to commence 18 January 2010

 

Aim: To provide for the safe removal of asbestos by licensed contractors in cases where complying development is being undertaken by owner-builders

 

Explanation: State Environmental Planning Policy (Exempt and Complying Development Codes) 2008 and the Environmental Planning and Assessment Regulation 2000 have been amended to make provision for the safe removal of asbestos by licensed contractors in cases where complying development is being undertaken by owner-builders - consistent with the requirements that protect work places and employees. All removal of asbestos material must from 18 January 2010 comply with Australian Standard AS 2601 - The demolition of structures

 

Documents: Better Regulation Statement; and Environmental Planning and Assessment Amendment (Asbestos) Regulation 2009 and State Environmental Planning Policy (Exempt and Complying Development Codes) Amendment (Asbestos) 2009 (on the NSW legislation website)

 

Further information: See the NSW Housing Code section of the department's website 

Regulatory proposal: State Environmental Planning Policy (Exempt and Complying Development) Amendment (Commercial and Industrial) 2009

Status: Published 5 August 2009; commenced 7 September 2009

 

Aim: To streamline assessment processes for commercial and industrial development that complies with specified development standards

 

Explanation: The policy introduces exempt and complying development codes, which identify minor types of development that may be carried out without approval and types of development that simply require a complying development certificate

 

Documents: Better Regulation Statement and SEPP (Exempt and Complying Development Codes) Amendment (Commercial and Industrial Codes) 2009 (on the NSW legislation website)

 

Further information: See the NSW Commercial and Industrial Code section of the department's website 

Regulatory proposal: State Environmental Planning Policy (Exempt and Complying Development) 2008

Status: Gazetted 12 December 2008; commenced 27 February 2009

 

Aim: To streamline assessment processes for development that complies with specified development standards

 

Explanation: The policy introduces exempt and complying development codes, which identify minor types of development that may be carried out without approval and types of development that simply require a complying development certificate

 

Documents: SEPP (Exempt and Complying Development) 2008 (on the NSW legislation website)

 

Further information: See the NSW Housing Code section of the department's website 

Regulatory proposal: State Environmental Planning Policy (Repeal of Concurrence and Referral Provisions) 2008

Status: Gazetted 12 December 2008; commenced 15 December 2008

 

Aim: To improve efficiency in the planning system by removing duplicative or unnecessary requirements in environmental planning instruments to consult with State agencies on planning decisions

 

Explanation: All consent authorities are required under the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979 to consider impacts on natural and built environments, social and economic impacts in the locality, the suitability of the site for the development, and the public interest. To assist councils in meeting State requirements, the department hosts a Register of Development Assessment Guidelines prepared by NSW Government agencies

 

Documents: Better Regulation Statement (November 2008) and SEPP (Repeal of Concurrences and Referrals Provisions) 2008

 

Further information: Planning circular




Page last updated: 09/03/2016