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We’ve brought forward immediate reforms to the planning system to support productivity, investment and jobs during COVID-19.


The foundations we’re building with these reforms mean that the planning system can continue to play a vital role in supporting the State’s economy for years to come.


What does the program deliver?

  • Fast-tracking assessments of State Significant Developments, development applications (DAs) and rezoning, with more decisions to be made by the Minister if necessary.
  • Supporting councils and planning panels to fast-track locally and regionally significant DAs.
  • Investing $75.9 million to co-fund new community infrastructure in north west Sydney including roads, drainage and public parks to unlock plans for the construction of thousands of new houses.


This package of measures is designed to provide immediate support to the industry in managing the unfolding health crisis and also lay foundations for further reform and economic recovery.


Find out what else we're doing for COVID-19 response and recovery efforts.


Horizon Projects

The department has established the Horizon projects program to continue to deliver quality assessments across major projects and planning proposals.

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Accelerated Infrastructure Fund

This fund provides $75.9 million to support the delivery of community infrastructure in high growth areas of Blacktown and The Hills Local Government Areas in North West Sydney.
This includes funding for councils to deliver local roads, public open space, stormwater infrastructure and community facilities to unlock plans for development of new homes and employment land.

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Council Accelerated Assessment Program

We are working with interested councils to develop a Council Accelerated Assessment Program unique to each LGA that will help stimulate local and regional economic activity.

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Fast-tracked Assessments

Major projects and planning proposals are being considered for fast-tracked assessment. Projects are subject to the same stringent checks, balances and community consultation that ensures transparency, public benefit, and merit-based assessment.

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Infrastructure Contributions Reform

Proposed improvements to the infrastructure contributions system aim to make the system more certain, transparent and efficient.

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