Policy documents guide our decisions, actions and procedures. Internal policies guide how our staff work and behave, while external policies have a more direct impact on the work of other organisations or individuals.
The Department has a range of internal policies which may be accessed on request. The following policies have been made available due to their public interest.
(The Code is open access information under section 18(g) of the Government Information (Public Access) Act 2009 and clause 5(2) of the Government Information (Public Access) Regulation 2009.)
The Fraud and Corruption Control Policy November 2017, available at Fraud and Corruption Control,acknowledges the Department of Planning, Industry, and Environment’s zero tolerance of fraud and corruption.
It outlines the policy and processes used by the Department and its agencies to detect, prevent, and control the risk and potential incidences of fraud and corruption amongst staff.
The Code of Ethics and Conduct clarifies the standards of behaviour and performance that are expected of the Department of Planning, Industry, and Environment's staff in the performance of their duties.
It gives guidance in areas where staff may need to make personal and ethical decisions in order to uphold the values of integrity, trust, service, and accountability expected of public service employees.
The Department of Planning, Industry and Environment's Disability Inclusion Action Plan 2019-2023 (PDF 5.4MB) aligns with state and national planning initiatives to ensure all levels of government and the wider community make the choice to consult, to involve and to plan with consideration of those living with disability to ensure a fully inclusive society.
The NSW Planning and Environment Cluster Multicultural Plan 2018 to 2021 (PDF, 3,099 KB) aligns with state and national planning initiatives to ensure all levels of government and the wider community make the choice to ensure that multiculturalism in NSW is more than a policy. With a steady commitment to the principles of access and equity, which affirm that all people, whatever their language, religion or cultural background have an equal right to access and make use of programs and services provided by the NSW government.
This Procurement Policy (PDF, 466 KB) provides guidance on the procedures the Department use for the procurement of goods and services.
Building System Circulars provide advice and guidance on building codes and regulations. We provide this information for councils, certifiers and building industry practitioners.
The NSW Government has updated bushfire planning regulations to reduce red tape with bushfire assessments and speed up approvals for housing developments, while ensuring safety remains the number one priority. The changes apply only to new urban release areas in 40 NSW local government areas and do not apply to existing developments in bushfire-prone areas. Go to Development Regulations for Bushfires, to find out more.
The NSW Coastal Policy 1997 sets the direction for coastal zone management and planning in NSW. It seeks to ensure the natural, cultural, spiritual and heritage values of the coastal environment are protected whilst acknowledging and planning for population growth and economic development. Go to Coastal Management to find out about the policy.
The State Policy for exempt and complying development is contained within the State Environmental Planning Policy (Exempt and Complying Development Codes) 2008 (the State Policy). Go to Exempt and complying development policy.
The Integrated Mining Policy in NSW aims to:
Go to Integrated Mining Policy.
State Environmental Planning Policy (Infrastructure) 2007 assists the NSW Government, councils and the communities they support by simplifying the process for providing infrastructure like schools, hospitals, roads, railways, emergency services, water supply and electricity delivery. Go to the policy page for Infrastructure.
Planning System Circulars provide advice and guidance on issues that relate to planning and policy. We provide this information for councils, certifiers and building industry practitioners.
Alpine resort development assessments are governed by the State Environmental Planning Policy (Kosciuszko National Park-Alpine Resorts) 2007 (the Alpine SEPP). The Alpine SEPP aims to protect the natural and cultural heritage of land within the Alpine resorts and to encourage environmentally sustainable development. Go to the policy page for Alpine Resorts.
Page last updated: 05/08/2021