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The current State Planning Policy April 2016 (SPP) (PDF icon 3.54 MB), which commenced on 29 April 2016, contains 16 state interests. A state interest is a matter deemed important enough to require protection and enhancement within the development system.

The SPP is a key component of the state's land-use planning system because it enables responsible development and contributes to a liveable, sustainable and prosperous Queensland.

The SPP provides clarity to local governments when making and amending local planning instruments and assessing development applications, and assists applicants prepare development applications. The SPP makes it easier for local governments to reflect and balance state interests up front in local planning schemes, ensuring the right developments are approved in the right locations without undue delays. For more information on the SPP, please refer to the State Planning Policy fact sheet (PDF icon 398 KB).

The SPP has been reviewed alongside the State Development Assessment Provisions and Planning Regulation to ensure the interests in plan-making and development assessment are expressed clearly, accurately and appropriately. The draft SPP was released for public consultation from Monday 21 November 2016 to Friday 10 February 2017.

Submissions received have been reviewed and the Planning Minister has now made a new SPP, which will commence on 3 July 2017. Find out more about the review of state interests and the SPP July 2017.

Amendments to the SPP

Amendments to the SPP are listed below, with the most recent version of the SPP being SPP April 2016.

SPP April 2016

Note: State Development, Infrastructure and Planning (Red Tape Reduction) and Other Legislation Amendment Act 2014 (RTRA)

SPP July 2014

SPP December 2013

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Did you know Queensland has new planning legislation that commences in 3 July 2017? Learn more about it.

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A new State Planning Policy will commence on 3 July 2017. Learn more about it.