Department of Planning and Environment (New South Wales)

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New South Wales Department of Planning and Environment
Department overview
FormedApril 2014
Preceding agencies
  • Department of Planning and Infrastructure
  • Department of Planning
JurisdictionNew South Wales
Headquarters320 Pitt Street, Sydney[1]
Employees636 (2016)[2]:160
Annual budgetA$1.6 billion (2016)[2]:93
Ministers responsible
Department executive
Parent DepartmentDepartment of Premier and Cabinet
Child agencies

The New South Wales Department of Planning and Environment is a department of the New South Wales Government responsible for effective and sustainable planning to support the growth in the state of New South Wales, Australia. It makes plans based on evidence for the state’s cities and regions, working with the community, business and local government to create places for people in NSW to live, work and spend their leisure time, while ensuring good access to transport and other services like shops and restaurants.[3]:6,9 The Department is also responsible for the evidence-based assessment of state significant development applications. In 2015-16 the Department approved major projects worth A$20 billion.[2]:10

The Department is the lead agency in the Planning and Environment cluster, led by Secretary, presently Carolyn McNally. The cluster's portfolio ministers are the Minister for Planning, the Minister for Housing, and the Special Minister of State, presently Anthony Roberts and the Minister for the Environment, the Minister for Heritage, and the Minister for Local Government, presently Gabrielle Upton.[4][5][6][7] Ultimately the ministers are responsible to the Parliament of New South Wales.

The Department administers the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act (1979).[8]


The Department's corporate plan is outlined in Planning for Growing NSW: 2015-2017 that aims to plan for growth by inspiring strong communities and by protecting the environment.[3]:4 In keeping with this, the Department’s priorities are:[3]:7

  • Enabling the creation of strong, vibrant communities
  • Make the planning system simpler, cheaper and faster
  • 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


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 variously known as the Department of Planning, the Department of Planning and Infrastructure and Planning and Infrastructure. The Department adopted its current name in 2014.


The following agencies are included in the Planning and Environment Cluster which is administered by the Department:[2]


  1. ^ "Contact us: Metropolitan-Offices". Department of Planning and Environment. Government of New South Wales. 2017. Retrieved 24 February 2017.
  2. ^ a b c d "Annual Report 2015-16". Department of Planning and Environment. Government of New South Wales. ISBN 978-0-9954207-0-0. Retrieved 24 February 2017.
  3. ^ a b c "Plan for Growing NSW: Corporate Plan: 2015-2017". Government of New South Wales. Retrieved 24 February 2017.
  4. ^ Vukovic, Dom; Gerathy, Sarah; McDonald, Philippa (29 January 2017). "NSW Cabinet reshuffle: Premier Gladys Berejiklian announces big changes to front bench". ABC News. Australia. Retrieved 29 January 2017.
  5. ^ "NSW reshuffle: Gladys Berejiklian axes Adrian Piccoli and Duncan Gay from cabinet". The Guardian. Australia. 29 January 2017. Retrieved 29 January 2017.
  6. ^ Robertson, James (28 January 2017). "Anthony Roberts, Brad Hazzard take key roles in Gladys Berejiklian reshuffle". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 29 January 2017.
  7. ^ "Refreshed NSW cabinet sworn in". Sky News. Australia. AAP. 30 January 2017. Retrieved 30 January 2017.
  8. ^ "NSW Environmental Planning and Assessment Act". Parliament of New South Wales. 1979. Retrieved 5 May 2007.

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