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URP2001 Planning Structures and Statutory Planning

Semester 1, 2022 Online
Units : 1
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences
School or Department : School of Surveying & Built Environment
Grading basis : Graded
Course fee schedule : https://www.unisq.edu.au/current-students/administration/fees/fee-schedules


Examiner: Michael Grosvenor


Local Governments are subject to planning controls mainly imposed by State Governments. Planners require an understanding of how State and Federal Government policies and legislation impact on Local Government planning.

The course will cover the role of all levels of Australian Government in the planning system. It will examine the interaction of various Federal, State and Local Government policies and statutory controls.

Course learning outcomes

The course objectives define the student learning outcomes for a course. On completion of this course, students should be able to:

  1. Describe the system of government in Australia and how it impacts on statutory planning
  2. Explain the rights, obligations and responsibilities for planning that pertain to the three levels of Australian Government.
  3. Describe the requirements for undertaking environmental and social impact assessments as part of a development proposal.
  4. Interpret the provisions of regional plans.
  5. Apply relevant sections of legislation, instruments and state planning policies to development proposals.
  6. Apply and develop sections of a Local Government planning instrument.
  7. Work effectively and efficiently in a small team.


Description Weighting(%)
1. Introduction to planning and government 5.00
2. The role of the federal government 5.00
3. The role of state governments 5.00
4. The role of local governments 10.00
5. Local political systems and planning 5.00
6. Regional plans 10.00
7. State Planning Acts, instruments and state planning policies 20.00
8. Local Government planning instruments 25.00
9. Planning and environmental impact assessments 10.00
10. Planning and social impact assessments 5.00

Text and materials required to be purchased or accessed

No text required.

Student workload expectations

To do well in this subject, students are expected to commit approximately 10 hours per week including class contact hours, independent study, and all assessment tasks. If you are undertaking additional activities, which may include placements and residential schools, the weekly workload hours may vary.

Assessment details

Approach Type Description Group
Weighting (%) Course learning outcomes
Assignments Written Critique (written) No 25 1,2
Assignments Oral Presentation (ind, grp, mltmd) Yes 35 4,5,7
Assignments Written Report No 40 3,6
Date printed 10 February 2023