The WAPC works in conjunction with the Minister for Planning and local government to create better places to live and work for all Western Australians by ensuring the planning system develops policy and enables planning decisions for the long-term benefit of the Western Australian community.
The WAPC has State-wide responsibility for urban, rural and regional integrated strategic and statutory land use planning and land development, working in conjunction with both state and local government. The WAPC is established under the Planning and Development Act 2005 which defines its functions including:
- advising the Minister for Planning on strategic land use planning and development, legislation reform and local planning schemes
- maintaining the State Planning Strategy to provide a vision for the future development of Western Australia
- developing integrated land use planning strategies and policies for the coordination of transport, infrastructure and development
- preparing and reviewing region schemes to cater for anticipated growth
- researching and developing planning methods and models relating to land use planning, land development and associated matters (including monitoring land and housing supply)
- reserving and acquiring land for public purposes in region planning scheme areas
- making statutory decisions on a range of planning application types including applications to subdivide land and significant development
The WAPC operates with the support of the Department of Planning, Lands and Heritage which provides professional and technical expertise, administrative services and corporate resources and undertakes a number of functions under delegation.
Following a review of the WAPC conducted in 2022, a number of reforms are being introduced through the Planning and Development Amendment Act 2023 and complementary operational changes to increase the efficiency of the WAPC and its focus on strategic planning.
About the WAPC Chairman, David Caddy
David has nearly 50 years’ experience in urban and regional planning and from December 1989 until January 2015, was Managing Director of TPG + Place Match, Western Australia’s largest Planning Consultancy. David was then the firm’s Executive Chairman retiring from the firm in March 2018 when he was appointed WAPC chairman. David has spent the past 40 years at a senior management level specialising in statutory planning, strategic and structure planning, development control, project management and documentation, planning advocacy and formulation and delivery of policy.
David has a broad range of experience incorporating master planned communities, multiple dwelling projects, industrial projects, commercial projects, education and infrastructure projects to urban design analysis and strategic planning and development of planning controls. David held the position of Professor, Urban and Regional Planning at UWA from January 2010 until December 2018 and was appointed to the position of Adjunct Professor in September 2020.
David is a Registered Planner, a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and a Life Fellow of the Planning Institute of Australia.