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Temporary and Seasonal Workers' Accommodation Toolkit

A new clearer planning framework and guidelines to help regional councils plan for more and better housing for the thousands of temporary and seasonal workers was exhibited in August / September 2023.

The proposed changes aimed to give councils more certainty and clarity around how to plan and deliver workers' accommodation.

Exhibition package 

The exhibition package set out changes to:

  • introduce a standard instrument definition for temporary workers' accommodation
  • provide guidance on local provisions for rural workers' dwellings and temporary workers' accommodation
  • provide guidance on locational and zoning considerations for rural workers' dwellings and temporary workers' accommodation
  • strategic planning guidance.

Construction accommodation for Renewable Energy Zones

The exhibition package also included proposed changes to support the delivery of construction workers' accommodation within designated Renewable Energy Zones (REZ).

The proposed changes outlined would allow accommodation for construction workers in certain rural zones within certain REZs when supporting renewable energy projects. This approach was intended to provide a clear permissibility pathway to improve certainty for industry, councils and the community.

Exhibited documents 

Read the Explanation of Intended Effect and draft guideline documents to learn more about the proposed amendments.

View the Explanation of Intended Effect   

View the draft Guideline

View the Frequently Asked Questions

The exhibition is now closed and feedback from submissions is currently under consideration.


Make a submission


  • On Exhibition

    The consultation is open for public comment.

  • Under Consideration

    We'll be reviewing what you told us.

  • Made and Finalised

    The final outcomes of this consultation will be documented here.

Consultation period


More information

Exhibiting agency or agencies: DPE
Exhibition location: NSW Planning Portal