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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2006 Week 12 Hansard (23 November) . . Page.. 3924..

The reform agenda was outlined in the Minister for Planning's Statement of Planning Intent of 2003, and addresses a range of matters to ensure that ACTPLA operates on 'best practice' principles in dealing with businesses.

(2) The feedback received from industry about this action has been positive both in terms of the short-term reforms and the proposed new legislation and restructure of the Territory Plan. The exposure draft is currently subject to consultation and inquiry by the Assembly's Standing Committee on Planning and Environment.

(3) Not applicable - see responses to parts (1) and (2) above.


(Question No 1262)

Mr Smyth

asked the Minister for Business and Economic Development, upon notice, on 20 September 2006:

(1) In relation to Action 13 in the Economic White Paper, what action has been taken by the ACT Planning and Land Authority to ensure that businesses and the community are given appropriate information in relation to building and development applications and in relation to overall planning requirements;

(2) If no action has been given about these two matters, why not.

Mr Stanhope

: The answer to the member's question is as follows:

(1) The ACT Planning and Land Authority has continued to improve the information that is available on its website ( and in its shopfronts in Dickson and Mitchell. This includes a Small Business Charter, which sets out a range of services and information, including the development application process, which is aimed at making access to information simpler. The web site will shortly include an on-line Development Application form, which will make the completion and lodgement of applications on line simpler and faster. Over the next 12 months, this will extend to a wide range of development and building related applications.

ACTPLA also engages with Community Councils to provide information about specific development proposals and avenues for the community to provide comment.

As part of its communications strategy, ACTPLA participates in industry forums and events, such as the Home and Leisure Show and provides staff, fact sheets and information brochures through the MBA Information Centre, the Housing Industry Association and through Government-operated shopfronts. All sectors of the community can also receive advice on Building Approval and Development Application processes by contacting ACTPLA's Customer Services Centres in Dickson and Mitchell.

(2) Not applicable - see response to part (1) above.

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