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Planning issues and interests

Planning is constantly evolving in response to rapid and far reaching changes in wider society.

The state government is always looking at ways the state's planning policies and framework can improve the lives of everyone. This may be through a special state project to manage a specific issue or ensuring legislation and policies carefully balance the needs of people, places, the environment and the economy.

Minister's Planning Awards

The Minister’s Planning Awards give planning students the opportunity to submit applications to demonstrate innovative and practical approaches to real-world planning challenges — particularly related to engagement and consultation in planning. Nominations for the 2021 Minister’s Planning Awards are now open.

COVID-19 response

Our state has helped support investment, development and jobs for Queenslanders during the COVID-19 pandemic through its nation-leading planning law changes.

City parklands

The state government has administrative responsibility for South Bank Corporation  (a statutory authority) which owns and manages the 42-hectare South Bank precinct. It also represents the state's interests in funding Brisbane City Council to operate and maintain South Bank and Roma Street parklands.

Areas of regional interest

The Regional Planning Interests Act 2014 (RPI Act) protects areas of regional interest from inappropriate development. It also assists resolving land use conflict between activities which contribute to the state's economy.

Growth Areas Team

The Growth Areas Team is a key initiative to address the current pressure on land supply. It provides a mechanism for state and local government, developers and the industry to keep up with the increase in demand for land, housing and the supporting infrastructure that comes with it.

City Deals

City Deals are a key implementation tool for the Federal Government’s Smart Cities Plan (2016).

Healthy and active communities

Designing our local neighbourhoods to support more active communities plays a key role in promoting the health and wellbeing of Queenslanders.

Advancing Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander knowledge, culture, tradition

The state government has developed guidance material to assist local government advance Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander knowledge, culture and tradition in land use planning.

Last updated: 05 Aug 2021