As a key component of planning reform in Western Australia, Development Assessment Panels (DAPs) are intended to enhance planning expertise in decision making by improving the balance between technical advice and local knowledge.
Each DAP consists of five panel members, three being specialist members and two local government councillors. View the DAPs membership page for more information on DAP members.
Under the DAP regulations, each DAP will determine development applications that meet set type and value thresholds as if it were the responsible authority under the relevant planning instrument, such as the local planning scheme or region planning scheme. The DAP regulations state that DAP applications cannot be determined by local government or the Western Australian Planning Commission (WAPC).
The role of DAP members is to determine development applications within a certain type and value threshold through consistent, accountable, and professional decision-making.
There are two different types of DAPs:
1. Local Development Assessment Panels (LDAPs)
An LDAP only has one local government within its boundary area. An LDAP is established to service a single local government, where it is deemed to be a high-growth local government with enough development to support its own DAP. There is currently only one LDAP, for the City of Perth.
2. Joint Development Assessment Panels (JDAPs)
JDAPs are established to service two or more local governments. There are 8 JDAPs in Western Australia.
Changes to JDAP boundaries (July 2015)
The Planning and Development (Development Assessment Panels) Order 2015, published on 24th July 2015, amalgamates the original nine regional Joint Development Assessment Panels (JDAPs) into three regional JDAPs covering the northern, central and southern areas of Western Australia. The district areas contained in the previous Kimberley, Pilbara and Gascoyne JDAPs will be amalgamated into the new Kimberley/Pilbara/Gascoyne JDAP.
The district areas in the former South-West and Great Southern JDAPs will be also amalgamated into the newly established Southern JDAP.
District areas in the previous Goldfields-Esperance, Mid-West and Wheatbelt JDAP will be amalgamated into the newly established Mid-West/Wheatbelt JDAP.
The former Peel JDAP, containing the district areas of Mandurah, Murray, Boddington and Waroona will be discontinued. The district areas of Mandurah and Murray will be amalgamated into the Metro South West JDAP. The district areas of Boddington and Waroona will be amalgamated into the newly established Mid-West/Wheatbelt JDAP.
Administration of Development Assessment Panels
Under the Planning and Development (Development Assessment Panels) Regulations 2011, DAPs must be administered by an officer(s) of the Department of Planning, Lands and Heritage, and the CEO of the Department must establish a DAP website.
Development Assessment Panels report directly to the Minister for Planning, and do not form part of the Department of Planning, Lands and Heritage or the Western Australian Planning Commission. For administrative efficiency, the DAP website is hyperlinked from the Department of Planning and Western Australian Planning Commission website.
Contact details and feedback
Development Assessment Panels Secretariat
Locked Bag 2506
PERTH WA 6001
Contact email: email@example.com
Contact phone: (08) 6551 9919
Should you wish to provide feedback or lodge a complaint on the DAPs process, please contact us by email.