Policies, guidelines and FAQ
State Planning Policy 3.2 - Aboriginal Settlements was published in the Government Gazette on 11 May 2011, revoking the August 2000 version.
What is a layout plan? Why don’t some layout plans have reports?
A layout plan is a land-use plan for an Aboriginal settlement, which consists of:
- background report
See State Planning Policy 3.2 for clarification regarding Layout Plan preparation, consultation, endorsement and amendment.
Are layout plans Aboriginal heritage clearance?
Layout plans have been prepared by a wide range of consultants over many years. Prior to 2005, layout plans did not generally include background reports.
Are layout plans local government approval?
No. Layout plans do not represent Aboriginal heritage clearance under state or commonwealth legislation. Layout plans may identify 'no-go areas', but unless stated in the background report these are not outcomes of comprehensive assessment.
Prior to the commencement of development, the proponent should contact the Department of Indigenous Affairs, the traditional owner representative organisation and the community representative organisation to confirm Aboriginal heritage responsibilities.
Do layout plans affect native title?
No. Layout plans do not represent local government building, planning or environmental health approval.
Prior to the commencement of development, the proponent should contact the local government to confirm local government regulatory responsibilities.
No. Layout plans do not affect native title. Although planning does not affect native title, the act of implementing the plan may be considered to be a future act.
Prior to the commencement of development, the proponent should contact the National Native Title Tribunal and the traditional owner representative organisation to confirm native title issues.