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The DA mapping system contains Geographic Information System (GIS) mapping layers kept, prepared or sourced by the state that relate to development assessment and matters of interest to the state in assessing development applications. The system also includes hyperlinks to registers maintained by relevant state agencies used to identify matters of interest, such as the Queensland Heritage Register.

Mapping layers in the DA mapping system include information from:

  • the State Assessment and Referral Agency, (SARA)
  • priority development areas
  • the Regional Planning Interests Act 2014

Not all matters of interest to the state have mapping layers, but for those that do, the purpose of the maps can vary greatly. It is important that each mapping layer is viewed and interpreted in the context of that particular matter of interest.

The DA mapping system is regularly updated and should be used in conjunction with schedules 3, 6 and 7 of the Sustainable Planning Regulation 2009 to determine whether an application requires assessment by or referral to the chief executive.

The mapping also assists potential applicants to obtain an understanding of what matters of interest may apply to their site, and can also be of assistance in interpreting and applying the State Development Assessment Provisions (SDAP).

Information on the role of the DA mapping system in SARA, as well on the general use of the system, can be found through the DA mapping system - FAQs.

The DA mapping system is linked to MyDAS, for applicants lodging or referring a new development application through the system. A report listing the relevant matters of interest will be generated for each lot entered into MyDAS.


Updates to Coastal Management District (CMD) mapping: Please be advised that the Department of Environment and Heritage Protection (DEHP) has declared a new CMD, pursuant to section 54 of the Coastal Protection and Management Act 1995, which will have effect from Wednesday 3 February 2016. The new dataset replaces the former CMD mapping and will be reflected in the DA mapping system from the same date. For further information on the nature and background of the CMD changes, please refer to the DEHP website.

DEHP has also declared new erosion prone areas, pursuant to section 70 of the Coastal Protection and Management Act 1995, which will also have effect from Wednesday 3 February 2016. This change made amendments to the erosion prone area mapping for the Northern Peninsula Area Regional Council local government area in Far North Queensland, which are required to correct an administrative error.

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