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Development Assessment Panels

Development Assessment Panels are a wholly-independent planning assessment pathway that combines technical expertise and local knowledge when considering development applications.

As a key component of the State Government's planning reform agenda Development Assessment Panels (DAPs) aim to enhance planning expertise in the decision-making process by improving the balance between technical advice and local knowledge. 

Changes to the DAPs system came into effect on 1 March 2024 and include the establishment of three panels, covering all of the State, employment of full-time specialist member, and removal of mandatory application thresholds for a completely opt-in development assessment pathway process.

Contact details

Any correspondence relating to the Development Assessment Panels should be directed to the DAP secretariat via the details below:

Postal address:

Development Assessment Panels Secretariat

Locked Bag 2506

Perth WA 6001

Contact email: [email protected] 

Contact phone: (08) 6551 9919

To provide feedback, please contact us by email.

Find out more on the Changes to the Development Assessment page.