The Department of Planning and Infrastructure was created in March 2011 as a public sector division in the NSW Government. From 2005 to 2011, the department was known as the Department of Planning.
In March 2011, the Sydney Harbour Foreshore Authority, Central Coast Regional Development Corporation, Office of Strategic Lands, Hunter Development Corporation and Luna Park Reserve Trust became attached to the department. The department's former heritage branch moved to the Office of Environment and Heritage.
A new executive structure was announced on 6 September 2012 - the first stage in a major realignment of the department’s staff and resources to address the key strategic priorities of the government’s new planning system for NSW.
The Planning Board is the principal decision-making forum for the Department of Planning & Infrastructure and comprises the following executives:
- Sam Haddad - Director-General (Chair)
- Richard Pearson - Deputy Director-General for Planning Operations & Regional Delivery
- Jill Reich - Deputy Director-General for People, Culture & Business
- Stephen McIntyre - Deputy Director-General for Planning Strategies, Housing & Infrastructure
- Stephen Payne - Chief Financial Officer
- Marcus Ray - Executive Director, Planning Reform & General Counsel
- Chris Wilson - Executive Director, Development Assessment Systems & Approvals
Media release on the new structure
The department’s current structure diagram is available here