Some applications may need to be referred to another entity, such as a Queensland Government department, for their assessment. These entities are called referral agencies.
To determine if your application needs to be referred to a referral agency, see the Sustainable Planning Regulation 2009, schedule 7. You may also use the IDAS checklist or Smart eDA to assist you in identifying referral applications for your application.
There are two different types of referral agencies:
- concurrence agencies
- advice agencies
A concurrence agency can direct the assessment manager to refuse the application, approve the application in part only or impose conditions on any approval.
An advice agency can only provide advice to the assessment manager regarding the application. The assessment manager can, acting on this advice, impose restrictions or request modifications to the application. However, an advice agency cannot direct the assessment manager to decide the application a particular way or impose conditions.
It is recommended that you consult with referral agencies about your application prior to formally lodging the application. If you do this, you may not need to formally refer the application to the referral agency and therefore may reduce the overall timeframes for assessing your application.
The assessment manager and referral agencies may request further information about your application. If an information request is made, you may provide the information or you may refuse to provide any further information.