Department of Planning and Environment (New South Wales)

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New South Wales Department of Planning and Environment
Department overview
Formed April 2014
Preceding agencies Department of Planning and Infrastructure
Department of Planning
Jurisdiction New South Wales
Headquarters 23-33 Bridge Street, Sydney[1]
Employees 792 (2013) as Department of Planning & Infrastructure[2]
Annual budget A$119 million (2010) as Department of Planning
Ministers responsible Hon. Pru Goward MP, Minister for Planning
Hon. Rob Stokes MP, Minister for the Environment
Hon. Paul Toole MP, Minister for Local Government
Department executive Carolyn McNally, Secretary
Parent Department Department of Premier and Cabinet
Child agencies Central Coast Regional Development Corporation
Hunter Development Corporation
Luna Park Reserve Trust
Sydney Harbour Foreshore Authority
Office of Environment and Heritage

The New South Wales Department of Planning and Environment is a department of the New South Wales Government, responsible for the long-term planning and ongoing environmental management for the Australian state of New South Wales and is driving well-located housing and employment lands. The Department is also responsible for assessing significant development proposals and ensuring the planning system is efficient and effective for administrating the oversight of local government in the state.

The Department is led by its Acting Secretary, Carolyn McNally, who reports to the Minister for Planning, the Honourable Pru Goward MP, the Minister for the Environment the Assistant Minister for Planning, the Honourable Rob Stokes MP, and the Minister for Local Government, the Honourable Paul Toole MP.

The Department's powers are drawn from the New South Wales Environmental Planning and Assessment Act (1979).[3]



The Department's priorities are:[4]

  • Promoting and facilitating sustainable growth
  • Supporting affordable and appropriately-serviced housing and employment land
  • Assessing major projects and infrastructure in a timely and efficient way, while ensuring appropriate planning outcomes
  • Planning to help mitigate climate change
  • Improving service delivery to New South Wales communities and stakeholders
  • Implementing reforms to create a more efficient, transparent and accountable planning system and importantly, the communication of these reforms.

The department employs over 790 staff.[2]

Ancillary functions[edit]

In addition to its core planning responsibilities, the Department administers a number of State Government programs and properties including:

  • BASIX - an energy and water savings scheme for new housing stock;
  • the Callan Park (Special Provisions) Act 2005 - determining conditions for future development at Callan Park in inner Sydney;
  • Smoke alarms - State laws mandating the installation of smoke alarms in all NSW homes.[5]


The Department was established in October 2005 when the former New South Wales Department of Infrastructure, Planning and Natural Resources was disamalgamated. Between 2005 and 2011, the department was known as the New South Wales Department of Planning. Following the 2011 state election, the current name was adopted for the department and the functions of the Department's heritage branch moved to the Office of Environment and Heritage.[4]


  1. ^ "About us: Contact us". Department of Planning and Infrastructure. Government of New South Wales. 2011. Retrieved 20 November 2011. 
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  3. ^ "NSW Environmental Planning and Assessment Act". Parliament of New South Wales. 1979. Retrieved 5 May 2007. 
  4. ^ a b "About us: Our structure". Department of Planning and Infrastructure. Government of New South Wales. 2011. Retrieved 20 November 2011. 
  5. ^ "Smoke alarms". NSW Department of Planning. May 2006. Retrieved 2007-05-05. 

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