The Northern Territory has topped the class with its development assessment processes with NSW struggling to implement reform, according to new research from the Residential Development Council (RDC) and the Property Council of Australia (PCA).
The Development Assessment Forum (DAF) Reform Implementation Report Card identifies progress by each state and territory on reforming development assessment.
According to the Report Card New South Wales came bottom with a score of 5.2 out of a possible 10, along with Tasmania (5.2) and Western Australia (5.3).
“The fact that the Northern Territory Government is the single authority for statutory planning places the Northern Territory at a significant advantage,” said Karen White NT Executive Director of the Property Council of Australia.
“In the states, local councils add additional levels of complexity and delay into the planning system that we can all do without.
“Darwin City Council representatives already make up 40 per cent of the membership of the Darwin Development Consent Authority, and that is more than adequate.”
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