The SEPP allows TAFEs and universities to expand and adapt their facilities in response to the growing number of people seeking tertiary qualifications, and to maintain our reputation for providing world class tertiary education.
Tertiary institutions will be able to build quality learning facilities more efficiently and economically. The new policy will also allow for more flexibility in the use of commercial buildings for educational purposes.
Through these reforms, the NSW Government is delivering on its commitment to building a world-class workforce to deliver strong economic growth for NSW.
TAFEs and universities play an integral role in training and developing a strong, educated workforce to support economic growth in NSW.
The SEPP expands existing provisions applying to tertiary institutions to make it easier to improve and expand existing campuses and provide the services that students need, such educational premises, cafes, bookshops and recreational facilities.
The SEPP allows the following exempt development at TAFE and university campuses, provided the relevant development standards are complied with:
The SEPP permits development for the purpose of a university to be carried out with consent in prescribed zones. Schedule 1 of the State Environmental Planning Policy (State and Regional Development) 2011 will continue to apply to tertiary institutions, which provides that development for the purpose of educational establishments (including associated research facilities) that has a capital investment value of more than $30 million are SSD applications.
Developments with a value less than $30 million will continue to be local and regional development applications, dependent on cost of the project.
Page last updated: 30/04/2021