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Queensland has a common system which sets out how development applications should be made and assessed. The system comprises a process, rules and forms. Council is usually the assessment manager; however through the state assessment and referral agency the state also manages some applications.

This current development assessment system is known as the 'integrated development assessment system' (IDAS). IDAS sets out a DA process by which councils and other agencies assess and make decisions on the various types of land use and development proposals that occur. These proposals generally refer to building, subdividing land or changing how an existing building or piece of land is used.

The DA process focusses on ensuring that these development proposals are assessed using a consistent process, and assessment and decision criteria, in accordance with community expectations as set out in a local planning scheme.

Development application steps

An application may need to be made for a development permit to carry out certain types of developments.

Development assessment process

The development assessment process that relates to your proposal.

State Assessment and Referral Agency

The State Assessment and Referral Agency (SARA) is the first and only point of contact for development applications where the state has a jurisdiction under the Sustainable Planning Act 2009.

DA mapping system

The DA mapping system contains all available Geographic Information System (GIS) mapping layers kept, prepared or sourced by the state that relate to development assessment and matters of interest to the state in assessing development applications.

Electronic lodgement

SARA is supported by the MyDAS online system, which allows an applicant to prepare and lodge or refer applications to the department.

Development assessment monitoring

The Queensland Government released the 2010-2011 Development Assessment Monitoring and Performance Program - Annual Report (DAMPP) to put the right systems in place to monitor the Integrated Development Assessment System (IDAS).

Ministerial call in

The minister that administers the State Development and Public Works Organisation Act 1971 and the minister that administers the SPA have the legislative power to call in a development application if it involves a state interest.

Assessment of priority development areas

Development applications for priority development areas are assessed by the department.

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On 3 July 2017, Queensland started operating under new planning legislation – the Planning Act 2016. Information on this page relates to the previous legislation – the Sustainable Planning Act 2009. Learn more about the new planning system.