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


Our plan will cut red tape and fast-track assessment processes to boost the construction pipeline and fast-track new projects. This will create and support construction jobs and allow work to continue wherever possible in line with the best medical advice.


The program will:

  • Fast-track assessments of State Significant Developments, development applications (DAs) and rezoning, with more decisions to be made by the Minister if necessary
  • Support councils and planning panels to fast-track locally and regionally significant DAs
  • Expand the list of works that can be carried out without the need for planning approval, or under the fast-tracked complying development pathway
  • Introduce a ‘one stop shop’ for industry to progress projects that may be ‘stuck in the system’
  • Clear the current backlog of cases in the Land & Environment Court with additional Acting Commissioners
  • Invest $70 million to co-fund vital 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

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Accelerated Infrastructure Fund

$70 million to co-fund vital new community infrastructure in North West Sydney.

Accelerated Infrastructure Fund

This fund provides $70 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

A program to support councils and help accelerate assessment processes.

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 being considered for fast-tracked assessment.

Fast-tracked Assessments

Find out more about major projects and proposals being considered for fast-tracked assessment and the criteria used to inform their selection.

Projects are subject to the same stringent checks, balances and community consultation that ensures transparency, public benefit, and merit-based assessment.

Read about the projects and criteria