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DCS Spatial Services enables next step in digitisation for NSW Planning Portal

20 September 2022

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The digital transformation of NSW’s planning system is ramping up with the Department of Customer Service’s (DCS) Spatial Services team enabling 3D digital mapping for subdivision and strata plans through the NSW Planning Portal. 

Spatial Services Executive Director Narelle Underwood said Spatial Services’ digitisation of subdivision and strata related land developments would transform how applicants and assessing authorities visualise applications via the Planning Portal. 

“Spatial Services has already transformed the way we see the world around us with the award- winning Spatial Digital Twin bringing together government data sources to provide insights for developers and residents to support decision-making and plan the communities of the future,” Ms Underwood said. 

“Thanks to the work in connecting subdivision and strata related digital mapping to the NSW Planning Portal, people can better understand the impact of Development Applications and Subdivision Certificate Applications while reducing the time it takes to manually review and digitise information, realising a more efficient and customer friendly experience. 

“Draft strata plans can now be visualised in 3D which improves the ability of assessing authorities such as local councils and private certifiers to interpret what can be very complex plans in paper form, enhance quality checks and enable more effective community engagement.” 

Spatial Services Executive Director Narelle Underwood said enabling digital mapping of subdivision and strata developments further added to the NSW Government’s commitment to provide people across the State with an online platform where they can access planning services and information from anywhere at any time. 

“The NSW Planning Portal is an online environment where community, industry and government can work together to better understand and meet their obligations,” Ms Underwood said. 

“It is a convenient alternative to paper-based transactions, which can only take place during business hours and is helping to streamline and enhance existing processes to improve the planning experience for all stakeholders across NSW. 

“The portal’s digital planning services, mapping tools and reporting tools assist everyone involved in a proposed development and this is helping to improve application determination times, increase transparency of the planning system and ensure greater accountability of all stakeholders.” 

The NSW Planning Platform is part of the ePlanning Program which is funded by the DCS Digital Restart Fund (DRF). The NSW Government has allocated $2.1 billion across four years to invest into digital transformation projects through the DRF, with the fund targeting smart, simple technology solutions which create efficiencies for customers across the State.  

For more information on the NSW Planning Portal, please visit https://www.planningportal.nsw.gov.au/ 

For more information on DCS Spatial Services, please visit https://www.spatial.nsw.gov.au/ 

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