Planning Reform

The State Government sought the views of the Western Australian community, urban planners, local governments and industry stakeholders on the next phase of planning reform.


A program of major legislative, regulatory and policy changes to reform Western Australia’s planning system is being implemented.

Major changes have already been made to improve transparency and consistency across the system and reduce unnecessary red tape. A second phase of reform is planned which covers new proposals. Consultation on this process closed on 31 August 2021 and submissions are under assessment.

Feedback received on these proposals will help inform new legislative and regulatory reforms that support the goals and initiatives of the Action Plan for Planning Reform.

Media statement - Historic planning reforms cut red tape and open WA for business

Planning reform phase 2 overview (PDF 249 kb)

Proposed reforms

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The proposed reforms will remove barriers to enable development, create and protect jobs and support business.

They will create a planning system that is:

  • more consistent across the State, yet maintains flexibility where required
  • consistent and efficient, through greater coordination across Government and improved approvals processes
  • easier to understand and navigate, making clearer information more easily available
  • supports the opportunities presented through METRONET, city-changing and major infrastructure projects
  • creates great places for people, with new guidelines for medium density development and liveable neighbourhoods.

Action plan for planning reform update May 2021 (PDF 428 kb)
Proposed phase 2 reforms summary (PDF 385 kb)
One planning system (PDF 713 kb)
More red tape reduction (PDF 694 kb)
Better consistency (PDF 693 kb)
Development Assessment Panels reform (PDF 750 kb)

Frequently asked questions

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To find out more about planning reform please visit our FAQs page.

Page reviewed 4 January 2022