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State Development Assessment Provisions (SDAP)

The State Development Assessment Provisions (SDAP) set out the matters of interest to the state for development assessment, where the chief executive administering the Sustainable Planning Act 2009 (SPA), being the Director-General of DSDIP, is responsible for assessing or deciding development applications.

The SDAP is prescribed in the Sustainable Planning Regulation 2009 (SPR), and contains the matters the chief executive may have regard to when assessing a development application as either an assessment manager or a referral agency.

It is a statutory instrument made under SPA, and has effect throughout the state for development applications where the chief executive is the assessment manager or a referral agency.

The SDAP is structured in the following way:

  • Part A: Introduction and policy context
  • Part B: Application and operation
  • Part C: Fast track framework
  • Part D: State codes and other matters
    This part is broken into:
    • 19 modules
    • 26 state codes.

When submitting a development application to the assessment manager, and if there are any matters of interest to the state relevant to the proposed development, an applicant is required to provide with the application an assessment against the applicable state code(s) in the SDAP. There are two ways an applicant can determine which state code(s) apply to their development application:

  1. Part B of the SDAP includes two tables that provide assistance to applicants to determine which state codes may apply, or
  2. Links to the relevant module of the SDAP are provided to an applicant through MyDAS, the online application preparation and lodgement system. These links are provided through MyDAS once the system makes a recommendation as to which integrated development assessment system triggers may apply to the development application.

The SDAP is updated from time to time to reflect legislative and policy changes.

Applicants should address the version of the SDAP which is current at the time they make their application to the assessment manager. The chief executive will assess the application against the version of the SDAP current at the time the application was properly made to the assessment manager.

The table below outlines the versions of the SDAP made by the chief executive and given effect through an amendment to the Sustainable Planning Regulation 2009:

SDAP version Date of commencement
SDAP version 1.4 dated 20 June 2014 4 July 2014
SDAP version 1.3 dated 9 May 2014 (PDF icon 2.83 MB) 16 May 2014
SDAP version 1.2 dated 11 April 2014 (PDF icon 2.28 MB) 28 April 2014
SDAP version 1.1 dated 22 November 2013 (PDF icon 2.23 MB) 2 December 2013
SDAP dated 20 June 2013 (PDF icon 4 MB) 1 July 2013

DSDIP has prepared a fact sheet (PDF icon 451 KB) outlining the changes made to the SDAP in version 1.4, dated 20 June 2014.

DSDIP has prepared state code response templates for applicants to use when preparing a response to a relevant SDAP state code. The SDAP state code response templates are updated each time the SDAP is updated. You can access the state code response templates below:

Changes to the assessment of applications on strategic cropping land

As of 13 June 2014, the Strategic Cropping Land Act 2011 (the SCL Act) and the Strategic Cropping Land Regulation 2011 have been repealed. Consequently, the Sustainable Planning Regulation 2009 was also amended on 13 June 2014 to remove all referral triggers in Schedule 7, Table 3, relating to particular development on strategic cropping land (SCL) or potential SCL. As a result, SDAP Module 6: Strategic cropping land is no longer applicable. This module’s content will be formally removed from SDAP through a forthcoming update and has been removed from this page in the short-term. Please note that Module 6 will remain as a ‘place holder’, without any content, to retain the current numbering of SDAP modules and avoid confusion.

The decision to repeal the SCL Act was the result of an extensive review of the Act and the framework around agricultural land by the Department of Natural Resources and Mines (DNRM). A discussion paper was released by DNRM on 31 July 2013 followed by a six-week public consultation period in which nearly one thousand submissions were received. Following a review of the submissions, DNRM put forward a number of recommendations to streamline the protection and management of Queensland’s agricultural land.

The review recommended that, in line with the government’s planning reform agenda, the state interest in agricultural land as expressed in the State Planning Policy be given effect through local plan making and development assessment. The review further recommended that the state development assessment triggers for SCL be removed and the state no longer undertakes development assessment in relation to SCL.

The SCL Act also provided for the protection of SCL from the impacts of resource activities (including mining, petroleum and gas activities). These policy outcomes will be carried forward through the Regional Planning Interests Act 2014 (the RPI Act), with the identification of the strategic cropping area as an area of regional interest.

View further information on the RPI Act.

Last updated on Thursday, 24 July 2014