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Statutory guidelines are guidelines developed under legislation to provide direction on process and addressing planning issues.

Statutory guidelines have been developed under the Sustainable Planning Act 2009 by the planning minister to provide clear and consistent direction to achieve good planning outcomes and accountability in process. The use of statutory guidelines rather than other statutory instruments (e.g. an Act or regulation) is to allow more flexibility to incorporate descriptive and contextual information related to the processes and topics of the guidelines.

The department maintains a list of current statutory guidelines.

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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.