Planning Reform enters Stage 3 of consultation

Department of Infrastructure, Planning and Logistics

The Territory Government is progressing thereform of the Northern Territory planning system, with the launch of Stage 3 ofconsultation.

Stage 3 consultation is seeking feedback onproposed changes to the Planning Act. These changes respond to issues raised byboth industry and the community during two previous stages of consultation. Thechanges to the Act are provided in detail in the Consultation Draft Bill forAmendments to the Planning Act 1999.

Planning Reform is a key component of theGovernments election commitment to restore integrity to Government.

To enhance understanding of the complex andinterrelated reforms, Progressing Planning Reform – An Overview hasbeen prepared as a guide to the proposed reforms with links to the consultationdraft Bill and the Draft Examples of Possible Changes to the NT PlanningScheme.

The draft examples of what a revised PlanningScheme might look like encourages understanding of how the proposed changes tothe Act will be implemented, to enable informed comment from stakeholders andindustry.

Department of Infrastructure, Planning andLogistics Chief Executive, Andrew Kirkman, said the government remainscommitted to providing the best planning system for the Territory, and thisthird stage of consultation is an important step in the reform of that system.

Planning reform is focusing on betterdevelopment outcomes and improving transparency and clarity of the system tofoster community and industry confidence, and better serve the Territory, saidMr Kirkman.

Weveengaged extensively with the community and industry, and the proposed reformswere born from a wide range of feedback we received throughout ourconsultation. The government has worked very hard to apply this feedback withina workable framework that is able to deliver for Territorians, and we thankeveryone for their contribution.

Were continuing to engage throughout thisprocess, and Stage 3 of consultation is now underway.

Stage 3 consultation follows the release of aConsultation Outcomes Report from Stage 2 consultation, which acknowledges and corroboratesa wide range of feedback.

The release of a consultation paper in October2017 was the first step in the process of Building Confidence through BetterPlanning for the Northern Territory. The consultation paper outlined how theNorthern Territory planning system operates and sought suggestions about howthe system could be improved. Thesuggestions informed an overall strategy for the reform and a set of further reforms,which were subject to a second round of consultation in mid-2018.

For details of past and current consultation on planning reform, visit

To ‘have your say’ and download the Progressing Planning Reform – An Overview, the Draft Examples of Possible Changes to the NT Planning Scheme or the Consultation Draft Bill for Amendments to the Planning Act 1999, visit

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