The Minister may, by gazette notice, declare a project to be a 'prescribed project'.

A prescribed project is one which is of significance, particularly economically and socially, to Queensland or a region.

Declaring a prescribed project enlivens the Coordinator-General’s powers to ensure timely decision-making in relation to prescribed processes and prescribed decisions.

In deciding whether to declare a prescribed project the Minister may consider:

Proponents seeking a prescribed project declaration must apply in writing to the Coordinator-General. The application should address the prescribed project application guidelines to provide the Coordinator-General with sufficient information to make a recommendation to the Minister.

Proponents are encouraged to seek a pre-lodgement meeting with the Office of the Coordinator-General prior to making an application for a prescribed project declaration.

Land Acquisition and Project Delivery
Office of the Coordinator-General
Department of State Development, Manufacturing, Infrastructure and Planning
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Purpose of declaration

A prescribed project declaration enables the Coordinator-General, if necessary, to intervene in state and local government approval processes to ensure timely decision-making for the prescribed project.

The Office of the Coordinator-General can overcome unreasonable delays in obtaining project approvals by:

A prescribed project declaration is most effective when used to obtain the final approvals after preliminary approvals have already been provided by the Coordinator-General or another authority.

Potential prescribed projects

The types of projects that may be declared prescribed projects include:

Local bodies include:

Sunset provision

The declaration of a prescribed project lasts for two years from the declaration date, or at a later date specified in the gazette notice.

The Minister may, by gazette notice, extend the declaration end date if it is considered necessary or desirable. However, the extension cannot be longer than the initial period of the declaration.

List of declared projects

List of prescribed projects

Notices to decision-makers

The Coordinator-General may give notices to a decision-maker responsible for making a decision on the development of a prescribed project, to ensure that the assessment process proceeds without undue delay.

This decision-maker may be a state government agency, local government or a government-owned corporation responsible for providing approvals, permits or authorities.

The Coordinator-General cannot issue a notice relating to a decision to be made by the Governor in Council or a Minister, or decisions outside the jurisdiction of the Queensland Government.

Types of notices

For prescribed projects, the Coordinator-General can issue a:

The step-in power is similar to the ministerial call-in power under the Planning Act. Unlike the ministerial call-in power, the prescribed project provisions apply to a wider range of decisions and processes including under the Planning Act.

Appeals and reviews

Once a step in notice has been issued, the Coordinator-General's decision on a prescribed project cannot be appealed against under the SDPWO Act or other relevant legislation.

Also, the Minister's decision to declare a critical infrastructure project cannot be reviewed under the Judicial Review Act 1991.

Notice of decision and reporting

The Coordinator-General must provide a written 'notice of decision' to the applicant and decision-maker, including the reasons for, and any conditions attached to, a decision made following a step in notice.

The Coordinator-General must also prepare a report on the step in notice, which the Minister must table in Parliament within 14 sitting days of the notice being given.

Critical infrastructure easement

The Minister may, by gazette notice, declare a project to be a ‘critical infrastructure project’, at the same time as declaring it a prescribed project, if the Minister considers the project is critical or essential for the State for economic, environmental or social reasons.

Declaring a critical infrastructure project enlivens the Minister’s powers to register a ‘critical infrastructure easement’ (CIE) over existing public utility easements.

While the registration of a CIE does not extinguish the existing public utility easement, the existing public utility easement holder cannot exercise any rights that would interfere with the rights given under the critical infrastructure easement.

The Office of the Coordinator-General requires a written request from proponents to declare their project a critical infrastructure project, together with an application for a prescribed project declaration that addresses the prescribed project application guidelines.

Voluntary environmental agreement

The Coordinator-General may, with the approval of the Minister, enter into a voluntary environmental agreement with the prescribed project applicant.

These agreements are intended to:

The Coordinator-General must not enter into an agreement without the prior consent of the owners, lessees and/or other parties who have an interest in the affected land.

Further information

For further information on Prescribed projects refer to the Prescribed projects fact sheet.