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Aboriginal Planning Space

We understand and value the lived experience and knowledge that Aboriginal people bring to our community. We are committed to embedding Aboriginal perspectives across everything we do.

At the Department of Planning and Environment, we want more Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to join us and help make NSW a great place to live, work and play.

We pay respect to the Traditional Custodians and First Peoples of NSW, and acknowledge their continued connection to their country and culture.


Access resources that will help you navigate the Planning Portal.

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State Developments

Information about SSI and SSD applications can be accessed here.

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Premier's Priorities

Our Mob on Country

Driving diversity with in the public sector by increasing the number of Aboriginal people in senior leadership roles by 2025.

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Housing Services

Aboriginal Housing Office

The Aboriginal Housing Office (AHO) is focused on delivering better housing choices for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in NSW.

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Spatial Services

NSW Planning Portal Spatial Viewer

LALCs will be able to access public information through the NSW Planning Portal Spatial Viewer.

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Development Assessment

Planning Approval Pathways

View how to start your application and see information about the different approval pathways including State Significant and Local developments.

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Development Assessment

Aboriginal Land Use Planning

We are working with Local Aboriginal Land Councils to unlock the economic potential of Aboriginal community owned land.

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Working at DPE

Planning as a Career

See what it is like to work as a planner at DPE.

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Working at DPE

Aboriginal support networks at DPE

View more details and get information about our departments support networks.

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Contact our team

If you require assistance using the Planning Portal, our dedicate team is here to help guide you through the planning process.

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Aboriginal Scholarship Program

Applications are now open for Indigenous students to access high-quality education in a culturally inclusive environment.

Find out how to apply