The Western Australian planning system has served the state well for some 50 years. The system is based on a unique combination of stable institutional arrangements enjoying bipartisan support. It is governed by strong and simple legislation; centralised statutory regional planning; subdivision control and supervision of local planning. The planning system enjoys dependable funding for metropolitan improvement; and a statutory authority to exercise powers, allocate resources and provide advice based on the expert professional support of a department of state.
The Western Australia model is, simply, the Minister, the Department of Planning (DoP) and the Western Australian Planning Commission (WAPC) working together on planning issues where WAPC powers and resources are employed in accordance with State Government and WAPC policy. The DoP provides the professional planning and administrative support to achieve the State Government and/or WAPC-desired outcomes.
An Introduction to the Western Australian Planning System document is useful to people who are interested in how the Western Australian planning system works. The document describes the various roles, responsibilities and functions of the key players actively involved in the planning system.