In October 2021, the Department of Planning and Environment exhibited a package of reforms to implement recommendations made by the Productivity Commission, following its review into infrastructure contributions.
We received 831 submissions from stakeholders and are working with them to try to resolve issues which include possible changes to the policies. As a result, the legislation that is before Parliament will not be progressing at this stage.
The Government is still committed to improvements to the development contribution system. We can still enhance and optimise how the infrastructure contributions system operates.
We will continue to work with stakeholders on the improvements, including planning and funding practices, and build the digital service which will modernise and digitise how infrastructure contributions are managed. This digital service will give councils confidence that funds will be collected and improve transparency for all users.
We will also work with stakeholders to on-board users onto the digital service, and ensure appropriate training and support is available throughout this period.
We are now preparing a program of work for improvements for consultation which we will share shortly, along with the exhibition summary.
We thank all community members, councils and industry stakeholders, for their valuable input.