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The Planning Assessment Commission will now be known as the Independent Planning Commission (IPC) in recognition of its independence and decision-making role.


The Commission will continue to make decisions about the most complex State significant development applications but will no longer perform duplicative review functions.


Its public hearing process will be improved to allow more scope for the community to present their concerns at an early stage of the assessment, and for the Commission to more rigorously test the development proposal.



The changes to the Planning Assessment Commission, except for the changes to its hearing process will commence immediately. The improvements to the IPC’s hearing process are expected to be implemented by July 2018.


To learn more about the changes to the Act see Part 2 - Local Planning Panels.

Page last updated: 13/03/2018