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The NSW government is implementing a range of new policy and legislation and some are under review.


Find out what policy and legislation is under review as well as what's new below.


2021 EP&A Regulation

A review of the NSW planning regulation is finalised. The Environmental Planning and Assessment Regulation 2021 will start on 1 March 2022. 
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Legislative amendment for concept proposals

Legislative amendment for concept proposals

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A new approach to rezoning in NSW

The NSW Government is building a faster, simpler planning system to support jobs, homes and open space.
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The Kaldas Review

An independent review of the planning system by Nick Kaldas APM which focused on the recent planning reforms; the governance and integrity of decision making in the NSW Planning System; and the Independent Hearing and Assessment Panels (IHAPS).
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Mine Rehabilitation Discussion Paper

Mine Rehabilitation Discussion Paper

The NSW Government is committed to ensuring major mining projects use best practice rehabilitation so that previously mined land can sustain other uses.

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Remediation of Land State Environmental Planning Policy (SEPP)

For almost 20 years, the SEPP for the Remediation of Land 'SEPP 55' and the associated 'Managing Contaminated Land Planning Guidelines' have provided the planning framework for the management of contaminated land in NSW.

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Planning amendments for agriculture

The department is proposing to simplify the planning process for small business activities and low-impact agricultural development on NSW farms.

Family enjoying a campfire during sunset at a Fairview Off Grid camp site in Temora, NSW. Photo by Destination NSW

Short-term rental accommodation

The NSW Government is implementing a new regulatory framework for short-term rental accommodation.

Family enjoying a self-guided walk along the Taree Heritage Walk, Taree. Destination NSW

2021 Social Impact Assessment Guideline

Social Impact Assessment

The department has been working to standardise the Social Impact Assessment approach across all State significant projects. A draft Social Impact Assessment Guideline is on exhibition until 27 November 2020.

People crossing Gibbons St, Redfern, Sydney, NSW. Photo by: NSW Department of Planning, Industry and Environment / Salty Dingo

Variations review

Review of clause 4.6 of the Standard Instrument LEP

The department is proposing to amend clause 4.6 to introduce a clearer test to assess applications to vary a development standard.

Close up image of hands pointing at plans spread on a table.