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Queensland Planning Provisions

The Queensland Planning Provisions (QPP) are the standard planning scheme provisions made under the Sustainable Planning Act 2009 (the Act). This is a robust and flexible document that provides a consistent format and structure for local governments to prepare their planning schemes under the Act while still allowing the flexibility to address the local circumstances of each local government area.

The QPP demonstrate how the government are delivering a more streamlined planning system and providing sustainable development outcomes for communities throughout Queensland.

The purpose of the QPP is to provide a clear and consistent framework:

  • for planning schemes in Queensland
  • to assist in the implementation of state, regional and local policies affecting land-use and development
  • for the integration of state, regional, local and community expectations in relation to planning scheme areas.

Version 3.has been finalised and was released on 25 October 2013. This replaces version 2.0.

Public consultation

The draft QPP version 3.0 was released for public consultation from the 28 October 2011 to 25 November 2011. A number of further submissions were received as a result of the Planning Reform Forums held between May and July 2012. All submissions were carefully considered and played an integral role in the final version

The submission review report (PDF icon 980 KB) outlines the key issues raised during consultation and how they were addressed in the final document.

  • What has changed for the QPP version 3.0

    To assist with the identification of the changes, the department has released a summary of changes (PDF icon 170 KB) document.

  • Background of the QPP

    In August 2007 the Queensland Government released its planning and development reform implementation plan Planning for a Prosperous Queensland: A reform agenda for planning and development in the Smart State. The plan identified 80 reform actions, including actions 27 and 28 to create standard planning scheme provisions. These action items were in response to stakeholder requests for simpler, more consistent planning schemes across the state.

    The SPA came into effect on 18 December 2009. Section 54 of the SPA, allows for the Minister to make standard planning scheme provisions, which are called the QPP.

    The purpose of the QPP is to provide a clear and consistent framework:

    • for planning schemes in Queensland
    • to assist in the implementation of state, regional and local policies affecting land use and development
    • for the integration of state, regional, local and community expectations in relation to planning scheme areas.

    To guide local governments preparing new planning schemes, the QPP version 1.0 became available on the commencement of the SPA on the 18 December 2009.

    The Draft QPP version 2.0 was released for public consultation from the 9 July 2010 to 12 August 2010. This document included draft amendments that were developed through a collaborative review and improvement process involving three review groups established by the department - the Local Government Review Group, the State Agency Officers Review Group and the department's Internal Review Group.

    These three review groups have once again been heavily engaged in the proposed amendments for draft version 3.0. It is proposed that for any amendments to the QPP each of these review groups will be actively engaged and consulted.

    The Draft QPP version 3.0 (PDF icon 3.58 MB) was released for public consultation from the 28 October 2011 to 25 November 2011. All submissions received were considered in finalising the QPP. The three review groups were once again engaged in the amendments for version 3.0.

    QPP version 3.0 was gazetted on 25 October 2013.

Last updated on Tuesday, 29 October 2013