Planning reform

In November 2017 the Minister for Planning commissioned an independent review of the planning system to identify ways to make it more efficient, open and understandable to everyone.

Modernising Western Australia's planning system

A Green Paper was released for public comment in May 2018 which proposed five key reform areas – strategically-led, legible, transparent, efficient and delivering smart growth. Over 250 submissions were received. 

The Reform Team within the Department of Planning, Lands and Heritage has reviewed the submissions and a proposed State Government response to the Green Paper is being prepared for consideration by the Minister for Planning and the Government. 

Announcements regarding the content of a reform program will be made following Government's consideration. 

Media statements

New team appointed to guide planning reform

Green Paper first step to a modern planning system

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