A key component of planning reform in Western Australia, Development Assessment Panels (DAPs) are intended to enhance planning expertise in decision making by improving the balance between technical advice and local knowledge.
Each DAP consists of five panel members, three being specialist members and two local government councillors. For information about how DAPs operate, membership, and development application types please select from the menu to the left.
Changes to the JDAP boundaries (July 2015)
The Planning and Development (Development Assessment Panels) Order 2015, published on 24th July 2015, amalgamates the original nine regional Joint Development Assessment Panels (JDAPs) into three regional JDAPs covering the northern, central and southern areas of Western Australia. The district areas contained in the previous Kimberley, Pilbara and Gascoyne JDAPs will be amalgamated into the new Kimberly/Pilbara/Gascoyne JDAP.
The district areas in the former South-West and Great Southern JDAPs will be also amalgamated into the newly established Southern JDAP.
District areas in the previous Goldfields-Esperance, Mid-West and Wheatbelt JDAP will be amalgamated into the newly established Mid-West/Wheatbelt JDAP.
The former Peel JDAP, containing the district areas of Mandurah, Murray, Boddington and Waroona will be discontinued. The district areas of Mandurah and Murray will be amalgamated into the Metro South West JDAP. The district areas of Boddington and Waroona will be amalgamated into the newly established Mid-West/Wheatbelt JDAP.
To view previous JDAPs, please see Archived JDAPs.
Note regarding DAP website administration
For administrative efficiency, the DAP website is hyperlinked from the Department of Planning and Western Australian Planning Commission website.
Regulation 49 requires that DAPs are administered by an officer of the Department of Planning. Regulation 51 requires that the CEO of the Department of Planning must establish the DAP website. Therefore, the Department of Planning is responsible for administering the DAP website.
Please note that DAPs do not form part of the Department of Planning or the Western Australian Planning Commission, but report directly to the Minister for Planning.