Development Assessment Panels reforms

The State Government is making changes to Western Australia’s Development Assessment Panel system.

The State Government is making changes to Western Australia’s DAP system. These changes are identified in the Action Plan for Planning Reform (Action Plan) and in the Planning and Development Amendment Act 2020 (Amendment Act). 

Two initiatives of the Action Plan focus specifically on reforms to improve the DAP system:

  • Development assessment processes are streamlined and outcomes-focussed. (C7)  
  • DAP processes are more consistent and transparent. (C8)

The Amendment Act made changes to the current DAP system by introducing the ability for:

  • A District DAP to be established for one (1) or more districts, and
  • A Special Matters DAP to be created to determine matters of State and regional importance.   

The main changes proposed for the DAP system include: 

  • Reducing the number of geographically grouped panels from the current five (5) to three (3). These are to be known as the Metro-Inner, Metro-Outer and Regional District DAPs  .
  • Appointing fixed-term (3 to 5 years) Presiding Members and Deputy Presiding Members to be employed by the Department of Planning, Lands and Heritage for the District DAPs. The third specialist member will initially be drawn from a pool, which may change to the same arrangements as the Presiding and Deputy Presiding Members. No changes are proposed to local government representation on a District DAP.
  • Creating a Special Matters DAP to consider matters of State and regional importance, or certain types of applications in precincts of State or regional importance. 
  • General process and administrative reforms to improve transparency, consistency and efficiency.

DAP reforms

Draft Amendments to the Planning and Development (Development Assessment Panels) Regulations 2011

Information Sessions

The Department of Planning, Lands and Heritage hosting online Information Sessions about the DAP reforms in March 2022. A copy of the PowerPoint presentation and recordings of these sessions can be found below.

Information Session (1) Recording – 21 March 2022

Information Session (2) Recording – 22 March 2022

Information Session (3) Recording – 23 March 2022

DAP Reform Information Sessions – Question and Answers


Consultation closed on Friday, 22 April 2022.

Contact Details

For queries relating to the DAP reforms, please contact the Reform Delivery team:
Phone: (08) 6551 9360

Page reviewed 26 April 2022