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The Planning Act 2016 will commence on 3 July 2017, replacing the Sustainable Planning Act 2009. If you are planning to lodge a development application under the Sustainable Planning Act for which the state (SARA) is the assessment manager, you will need to ensure that lodgement is completed through the MyDAS system prior to 5pm on Friday 30 June 2017. The department has prepared a fact sheet (PDF icon 535 KB) to assist with this transition.

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

SDAP is prescribed in the Sustainable Planning Regulation 2009 (the Regulation), and contains the matters the chief executive may have regard to when assessing a development application.

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

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:
    • 20 modules
    • 26 state codes.

When submitting a development application to the State Assessment and Referral Agency (SARA), the applicant is required to demonstrate how the application complies with the applicable state code(s) in SDAP. There are two ways an applicant can determine which state code(s) apply to their development application:

  1. They can look at part B of SDAP includes two tables that provide assistance to applicants to determine which state codes may apply; or
  2. They can check out the links to the relevant module of 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 (IDAS) triggers may apply to the development application.

SDAP is updated from time-to-time to reflect legislative and policy changes. A summary of the changes made as part of each version is also provided on the department's website.

Applicants should address the version of SDAP which is current (i.e. has commenced) at the time they make their application to the assessment manager.

For more information refer to the SDAP fact sheet (PDF icon 269 KB).

The table below outlines the versions of SDAP made by the chief executive and given effect through an amendment to the Sustainable Planning Regulation 2009. Please note that new versions of SDAP are typically published for information purposes two weeks prior to their commencement.

SDAP version Date of publication Date of commencement
SDAP version 2.0 26 May 2017 3 July 2017
SDAP version 1.10 28 November 2016 5 December 2016
SDAP version 1.9 11 July 2016 22 July 2016
SDAP version 1.8 8 April 2016 22 April 2016
SDAP version 1.7 2 November 2015 23 November 2015
SDAP version 1.6 6 July 2015 6 July 2015
SDAP version 1.5 10 October 2014 27 October 2014
SDAP version 1.4 20 June 2014 4 July 2014
SDAP version 1.3 (PDF icon 2.83 MB) 9 May 2014 16 May 2014
SDAP version 1.2 (PDF icon 2.28 MB) 11 April 2014 28 April 2014
SDAP version 1.1 (PDF icon 2.23 MB) 22 November 2013 2 December 2013
SDAP (PDF icon 4 MB) 20 June 2013 1 July 2013

State code response templates are available for applicants:

Should you require copies of code response templates from a previous version of SDAP, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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