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Pilot Program for Councils

The Pilot Program seeks to support local government to improve and reduce the assessment and determination timeframes

The Pilot Program seeks to support local government to improve and reduce the assessment and determination timeframes of RSDAs through building increased capacity, skills and experience in councils.

The objectives of the Program are to:

  • Provide a pathway to achieving reduced overall timeframes in assessing and determining regionally significant development applications
  • Trial new ways of working based on stakeholder feedback about where there are opportunities for improvement in the system
  • Provide opportunity for capacity development and additional council resourcing and
  • Gather insights into interventions that would be most useful for councils with long average determination times.

The Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) for regionally significant development are to reduce the average assessment time to 320 days by 30 June 2022 and 275 days by 30 June 2023.  The Pilot Program has a target of 250 days.

Phase 1 of the Pilot Program comprised of 13 eligible councils.  In early results for the pilot, all applications have been determined in less than 200 days.  Phase 2 of the Program commenced in February 2022 with a further 9 councils invited to participate. 

Councils invited to participate were chosen on the basis of the volumes of regionally significant development applications in their council area over the last two years.  Of the councils participating, they represent approximately 50 per cent of the total number of regionally significant development applications under assessment at any given time.

For further information regarding the program including the selection process and participation criteria, please contact us at [email protected].

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