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The State Development Assessment Provisions (SDAP) sets out the matters of interest to the state for development assessment, where the chief executive administering the Sustainable Planning Act 2009 (SPA), being the Director-General of the department, is responsible for assessing or deciding development applications.

The SDAP is prescribed in the Sustainable Planning Regulation 2009 (SPR), and contains the matters the chief executive may have regard to when assessing a development application as either an assessment manager or a referral agency.

It is a statutory instrument made under SPA, and has effect throughout the state for development applications where the chief executive is the assessment manager or a referral agency.

The SDAP is structured in the following way:

  • Part A: Introduction and policy context
  • Part B: Application and operation
  • Part C: Fast track framework
  • Part D: State codes and other matters
    This part is broken into:
    • 19 modules
    • 24 state codes.

When submitting a development application to the assessment manager, if there are any matters of interest to the state relevant to the proposed development, an applicant is required to provide with the application an assessment against the applicable state code(s) in the SDAP. There are two ways an applicant can determine which state code(s) apply to their development application:

  1. Part B of the SDAP includes two tables that provide assistance to applicants to determine which state codes may apply, or
  2. Links to the relevant module of the SDAP are provided to an applicant through MyDAS, the online application preparation and lodgement system. These links are provided through MyDAS once the system makes a recommendation as to which integrated development assessment system (IDAS) triggers may apply to the development application.

The SDAP is updated from time to time to reflect legislative and policy changes.

Applicants should address the version of the SDAP which is current (i.e. has commenced) at the time they make their application to the assessment manager. The chief executive will assess the application against the version of the SDAP current at the time the application was properly made to the assessment manager.

For more information refer to the SDAP fact sheet (PDF icon 124 KB).

The table below outlines the versions of the SDAP made by the chief executive and given effect through an amendment to the Sustainable Planning Regulation 2009. Please note that new versions of the SDAP are typically published for information purposes two weeks prior to their commencement. A version is not considered to be 'current' for the purposes of the above until it has commenced.

NOTE: A new version of the SDAP (version 1.6) was published on this page on 4 February 2015 and has now been removed. It was planned for commencement on 18 February 2015 however on 17 February 2015, the decision was taken by the Department of Natural Resources and Mines not to proceed with the Water Reform and Other Legislation Amendment Act 2014 (which included the amendment of SDAP) commencing by proclamation on Wednesday 18 February 2015. As such SDAP version 1.6 does not take effect. The current version (version 1.5) remains in effect.

SDAP version Date of publication Date of commencement
SDAP version 1.5 10 October 2014 27 October 2014
SDAP version 1.4 20 June 2014 4 July 2014
SDAP version 1.3 (PDF icon 2.83 MB) 9 May 2014 16 May 2014
SDAP version 1.2 (PDF icon 2.28 MB) 11 April 2014 28 April 2014
SDAP version 1.1 (PDF icon 2.23 MB) 22 November 2013 2 December 2013
SDAP (PDF icon 4 MB) 20 June 2013 1 July 2013

The department has prepared state code response templates for applicants to use when preparing a response to a relevant SDAP state code. The SDAP state code response templates are updated each time the SDAP is updated. You can access the state code response templates below:

SARA Customer Satisfaction Survey 2014/2015

You are invited to have your say about the State Assessment and Referral Agency (SARA) via the customer satisfaction survey for the 2014/15 financial year.
If you have lodged an application or referral to SARA or attended a pre-lodgement meeting in the last 12 months please provide your feedback before 30 June 2015.