A preliminary review of the Independent Hearing and Assessment Panel (IHAP) model was conducted by the Department of Planning and Environment, with support from the Boston Consulting Group.
The review found that the IHAP model is rigorous and strikes a balance between offering strong procedural checks and balances, without hindering efficient panel operation or impacting on the overall functioning of the planning system. The review identified additional measures to further enhance the function of the panels and guard against the risk of corruption.
The review report (PDF, 1.05MB) (see Downloads section below) summarises the planning system improvements associated with introducing IHAPs, examines the NSW IHAP model against practices in other jurisdictions, and details the additional measures to strengthen the IHAP model.
The review identified that, relative to other Australian jurisdictions with determinative panels, the NSW model has effective measures in place to ensure panel independence, minimise corruption risk, and guard against dysfunction. The strengths of the current model include:
The review identified additional measures to further enhance the function of the panels and guard against the risk of corruption. These measures are outlined in the review report under the following headings:
For more information please contact the Planning Panels Secretariat on 02 8217 2060.
Date: 07.12.2018 | File type: pdf | File size: 1.0 MB
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