Infrastructure planning and policy

Infrastructure planning and policy

  • Building Information Modelling (BIM) benefits government and industry by boosting innovation, productivity and competitiveness in the construction industry.

    Queensland is leading the way with our coordinated whole-of-government approach following the release of the Digital Enablement for Queensland Infrastructure - Principles for BIM implementation (PDF icon 248 KB) in November 2018.

    Transitioning from paper-based plans to digital ones will deliver significant benefits during the design, construction and, most significantly, the operational phase of a project’s life.

    BIM is already being used on major projects, including Cross River Rail. Since 1 July 2019, all Queensland Government construction projects with a value of $50 million or more are required to use BIM from the early planning phase.

    All major government infrastructure projects will transition to implement BIM by 2023.

  • Connecting Brisbane released on 6 June 2017, outlines a roadmap for the future of Brisbane’s public transport system.

    Connecting Brisbane will see Brisbane's transformation into a vibrant world city through a modern, high-frequency mass transit system.

    The vision is for a high-frequency public transport 'trunk' service with feeder services, that promotes the complementarity of the Cross River Rail and Brisbane Metro projects.

    Projections for the coming four years see major infrastructure investment proposed in the centre of the rail and busway systems unlocking capacity in the core of the city’s public transport networks.

    These, in turn, will facilitate the extension and improvement of the public transport system throughout SEQ. An integrated approach to public transport investment in Brisbane and surrounding areas will help to transform the SEQ region from a region of cities to a true city region.

    The Connecting Brisbane (PDF icon 14 MB) strategy includes two main reform tasks:

    • provide infrastructure, particularly at the core of our transportation system, to unlock existing capacity and overcome current constraints and avoid congestion
    • improve services with a network providing more frequent, integrated services on a ‘turn up and go’ high-frequency trunk network supported by feeder services.

    The public transport reforms will pave the way for future extension and improvement of the network, particularly in linking the identified growth corridors and areas.

    Connecting Brisbane was jointly developed by the former Department of Infrastructure Local Government and Planning, the Department of Transport and Main Roads and Brisbane City Council in consultation with the former Federal Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development.

    Connecting Brisbane’s plan is consistent with the federal government's Smart Cities Plan to support productive, accessible, liveable cities that attract talent, encourage innovation, and create jobs and growth.

  • The department is the backbone of Queensland Government infrastructure policy and planning, engaging with the Australian Government on a number of matters.

    Smart Cities Plan

    The Smart Cities Plan (2016) developed by the Commonwealth Government sets out the vision for metropolitan and regional cities, to maximise their potential through, smart investment, smart policy and smart technology. City Deals are a key mechanism of the Smart Cities Plan (2016) and provide a new approach for all levels of government to work together to plan and deliver transformative outcomes for Australian cities.

    City Deals

    The Prime Minister and Premier of Queensland have signed a historic memorandum of understanding (MOU) that sets out how the Commonwealth and Queensland Governments will work together cooperatively with local governments on City Deals in Queensland. The MOU sets out arrangements for the two levels of government to agree priority locations for City Deals that will focus on economic growth, jobs and housing, reduced travel times, and improved environmental outcomes to deliver measurable improvements to peoples’ quality of life and standards of living.

    Townsville City Deal

    Townsville is Australia’s-first City Deal and was developed in partnership with the Commonwealth Government, Townsville City Council and local community. This City Deal will deliver a prosperous economic future for Townsville and position Townsville as a vibrant, liveable and innovative Queensland city. The deal was signed by the Prime Minister, Premier and Mayor of Townsville on 9 December 2016, with the implementation plan released on 24 April 2017.

    Council of Australian Governments

    COAG is the peak intergovernmental forum in Australia, whose role is to promote policy reforms of national significance or needing coordinated action by all Australian Governments.

    Infrastructure Australia

    The department also coordinates Queensland’s whole-of-government submissions to Infrastructure Australia, who play an important role in prioritising nationally important infrastructure initiatives.

    National Digital Engineering Policy Principles

    The National Digital Engineering Policy Principles have been developed by governments in Australia in recognition of the potential benefits that digital engineering and building information modelling can bring to the design, delivery, operation and management of land transport infrastructure assets.

    The principles are an important step towards achieving greater harmonisation and consistency in data requirements across governments when planning and procuring major land transport infrastructure projects.

    In November 2016, the Transport and Infrastructure Council formally endorsed the principles in its communiqué.

  • Economic Development Queensland (EDQ) provides forms, guidelines and practice notes to help you progress a development proposal through the application process.


    If EDQ is the MEDQ Delegate for a development application, the application must be lodged using the relevant form.

    EDQ also has forms for a range of other processes under the Economic Development Act 2012, including vegetation management, compliance assessment, survey plan endorsement, currency period extension and road closure. Scroll down to see the list of forms.

    Development guidelines

    EDQ guidelines support the development schemes and interim land use plan (ILUPS). They cover topics such as housing, development and planning. Scroll down to see the list of development guidelines.

    Practice Notes

    EDQ's practice notes provide advice about applying the standards and requirements expressed in development schemes, ILUPs and guidelines. Scroll down to see the list of practice notes.

    Vegetation management

    Permits may be required to clear or interfere with vegetation for PDAs located in Brisbane. More information about vegetation management

    Certification process

    The certification process is generally discussed with applicants at a pre-lodgement meeting. More information about the certification process

    Download pre-lodgement meeting form (Word icon 269 KB)

    Infrastructure offset form

    To claim either a provisional or a final Infrastructure offset use the infrastructure offset form. Please refer to the application checklist before completing the online form.


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    VersionTitleEffective date
    7.0 Request for pre-lodgement meeting (Word icon 269 KB) 31 May 2019
    10.0 Development application (Word icon 263 KB) 10 August 2020
    7.0 Request for endorsement of plan of subdivision and community management statement (Word icon 271 KB) 17 July 2018
    7.0 Application to extend currency period (Word icon 269 KB) 17 July 2018
    7.0 Application for permanent road closure (Word icon 273 KB) 17 July 2018
    7.0 Application for temporary road closure (Word icon 273 KB) 17 July 2018
    4.0 Application for permit to interfere with controlled vegetation (Word icon 275 KB) 17 July 2018
    4.0 Application for review of original decision to interfere with controlled vegetation (Word icon 268 KB) 17 July 2018
    4.0 Application for compliance assessment (Word icon 271 MB) 17 July 2018
    5.0 Application for out of hours approval (Word icon 265 KB) 17 July 2018


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    NumberTitle (current version)Historical versions
    1 Residential 30 (May 2015) (PDF icon 6.3 MB) March 2014 (superseded) (PDF icon 5.4 MB)
    2 Accessible housing (May 2015) (PDF icon 1.6 MB) March 2014 (superseded) (PDF icon 2.1 MB)
    3 Non-resident worker accommodation (May 2015) (PDF icon 6.9 MB) March 2014 (superseded) (PDF icon 4.9 MB)
    4 Residential Infill in the Blackwater UDA - Blackwater residential infill guideline (May 2015) (PDF icon 2.5 MB) March 2014 (superseded) (PDF icon 3.1 MB)
    5 Neighbourhood planning and design (May 2015) (PDF icon 1.8 MB) March 2014 (superseded) (PDF icon 2.3 MB)
    6 Street and movement network (PDF icon 9.2 MB) April 2012 (superseded) (PDF icon 7 MB)
    7 Low rise buildings (May 2015) (PDF icon 1.7 MB) March 2014 (superseded) (PDF icon 2.3 MB)
    8 Medium and high rise buildings (May 2015) (PDF icon 2.1 MB) March 2014 (superseded) (PDF icon 2.4 MB)
    9 Centres (May 2015) (PDF icon 2.0 MB) September 2013 (superseded) (PDF icon 2.3 MB)
    10 Industry and business areas (May 2015) (PDF icon 2.0 MB) March 2014 (superseded) (PDF icon 2.0 MB)
    11 Community facilities (May 2015) (PDF icon 2.1 MB) March 2014 (superseded) (PDF icon 2.7 MB)
    12 Park planning and design (May 2015) (PDF icon 2.8 MB) November 2011 (under review) (PDF icon 486 KB)
    13 Engineering standards (September 2017) (PDF icon 1.1 MB) May 2015 (superseded) (PDF icon 1.6 MB)

    April 2015 (superseded) (PDF icon 1.7 MB)

    March 2014 (superseded) (PDF icon 2.6 MB)
    14 Environmental values and sustainable resource use (May 2015) (PDF icon 2.7 MB) March 2014 (superseded) (PDF icon 3.0 MB)
    15 Protection from flood and storm tide inundation (May 2015) (PDF icon 1.8 MB) March 2014 (superseded) (PDF icon 1.9 MB)
    16 Housing (January 2016) (PDF icon 2.3 MB) July 2012 (superseded) (PDF icon 6.1 MB)
    17 Remnant vegetation and koala habitat obligations in Greater Flagstone and Yarrabilba PDAs (May 2015) (PDF icon 3.5 MB) August 2014 (superseded) (PDF icon 4.3 MB)

    July 2012 (superseded) (PDF icon 1.3 MB)
    18 Development interfaces (May 2015) (PDF icon 5.0 MB) March 2014 (superseded) (PDF icon 4.6 MB)
    19 Ripley Road design guideline (May 2015) (PDF icon 12.7 MB) March 2014 (superseded) (PDF icon 5.3 MB)
    20 Queen's Wharf Brisbane PDA public realm and movement network planning and design guideline (May 2016) (PDF icon 4.57 MB)  

    Practice notes

  • Infrastructure Australia plays an important role in prioritising nationally important infrastructure. In 2015, Infrastructure Australia audited national and northern Australian infrastructure to create the 2016 Australian Infrastructure Plan.

    The second Australian Infrastructure Audit (Audit) was released on 13 August 2019,presenting a forward view of 136 national infrastructure challenges and 44 opportunities across the energy, transport, telecommunications, water, waste and social infrastructure sectors for the next 15 years and beyond.

    Infrastructure Australia is currently developing the next Australian Infrastructure Plan, to be published in 2021. This plan will respond to each policy challenge and opportunity identified in the 2019 Audit. It will give recommendations for reform and set a path for measuring progress.

    We coordinate Queensland's whole-of-government submissions to Infrastructure Australia, including input to inform the Australian Infrastructure Audit and Plan.

    Infrastructure Priority List

    Infrastructure Australia also publishes the Infrastructure Priority List. This list of nationally significant investments is made up of:

    • Initiatives: early-stage proposals that have the potential to address a nationally significant problem or opportunity
    • Projects: advanced proposals for which a fully developed business case has been positively assessed by the independent Infrastructure Australia Board.

    The list is a collaborative ‘live’ document that is updated as proposals move through the stages of development to delivery. It considers data and findings from the 2019 Australian Infrastructure Audit and submissions from state and territory governments, industry and the community.

    The Infrastructure Priority List is also published annually in a report which includes one-page summaries of all positively assessed Initiatives and Projects. This year a mid-year update of the Priority List was released, highlighting the most recent priority proposals assessed by Infrastructure Australia.

    Queensland Projects and Initiatives on the list as at August 2020 are detailed below.

    View the current Infrastructure Priority List.

    High-priority projects

    Priority projects

    High-priority initiatives

    Priority initiatives

    We’re working with Infrastructure Australia and the Australian Government to progress Queensland’s infrastructure priorities and ensure important initiatives and projects are included on the list.

  • Infrastructure matters for new PDAs are outlined in the format of a Development Charges and Offset Plan (DCOP).

    Planning, funding and timely delivery of trunk infrastructure and implementation programs is key to progressing development in Priority Development Areas (PDAs).

    Trunk infrastructure is the high-level, shared infrastructure that services large catchments in PDAs. It includes:

    • transport (e.g. roads, pathways, ferry terminals and bus stops)
    • stormwater (e.g. pipes and water quality treatment devices)
    • water supply and wastewater (e.g. reservoirs, pipes and sewage treatment plants)
    • public parks (e.g. parks and sporting facilities)
    • land for community facilities (e.g. land for libraries and community centres)
    • other infrastructure depending on the PDA.

    Charges and terms for infrastructure in PDAs

    Fragmented land ownership in PDAs and the significant cost of trunk infrastructure means it may not be feasible for any one developer, land owner or government entity to fund the trunk infrastructure required to service the PDA.

    Infrastructure charges provide for the cost of trunk infrastructure to be shared between the users of the infrastructure.

    The Minister for Economic Development Queensland (MEDQ) may fix charges and terms for trunk infrastructure in PDAs, under the Act. The MEDQ may also fix charges which are used to support economic and community development within PDAs.

    Infrastructure charges for PDAs are set in either:

    • the Infrastructure Charging Offset Plan (ICOP)
    • the Development Charges and Offset Plan (DCOP)
    • the Infrastructure Funding Framework (IFF).

    Infrastructure Funding Framework and supporting policies

    The Infrastructure Funding Framework (IFF) and its supporting policies set development charges for identified PDA infrastructure. This ensures new development contributes fairly towards the shared costs.

    The current Infrastructure Funding Framework (PDF icon 1 MB) took effect on 1 July 2020.

    The IFF should be read in conjunction with the following policies:

    Development charges and offset plans

    Infrastructure matters for new PDAs are outlined in the format of a Development Charges and Offset Plan (DCOP).

    A DCOP incorporates infrastructure charges, infrastructure planning and offsets processes into one document for each PDA.

    Where a DCOP applies to a PDA, the DCOP prevails over the Infrastructure Funding Framework (IFF) and its supporting documents.

    Currently, DCOPs apply to these PDAs:

    Infrastructure charges and offsets register

    The Planning (Infrastructure Charges Register and Other Matters) Amendment Regulation 2019 (QLD) was passed in October 2019. It outlines requirements for local governments to publish charges and offsets within their local government areas.

    As part of our dedication to transparency and accountability, EDQ is publishing its own register of infrastructure charges and offsets collected in Priority Development Areas administered by EDQ.

    You can filter the register to customise your view. Use our register to see:

    • infrastructure charges collected for EDQ-administered PDAs
    • offsets approved and allocated to an infrastructure charge notice.

    For delegated PDAs, contact the appropriate assessment authority for information on charges collected and offset.

    The following PDAs have infrastructure agreements that partly or entirely override the requirement to pay infrastructure charges. Charges collected in these areas may differ to the charges indicated in the applicable charging instrument.

    • Caloundra South
    • Yarrabilba
    • Greater Flagstone
    • Maroochydore

    Apply to claim an infrastructure offset

    To claim either a provisional or a final infrastructure offset use the online form. Please refer to the application checklist before completing the online form.

    Historical infrastructure charges policies

    Previous versions of infrastructure charges policies are available below for guidance on infrastructure charges within PDAs.

    2019–20 financial year
    DocumentType and sizeVersionApplicable dates
    Infrastructure Funding Framework – March 2020 PDF icon 1 MB 1 01/03/2020 – 30/06/2020
    Infrastructure Funding Framework – July 2019 PDF icon 1 MB 1 01/07/19 – 29/02/2020
    Bowen Hills DCOP – July 2019 PDF icon 1.9 MB 1 01/07/19 – 30/06/2020
    Herston Quarter DCOP – July 2019 PDF icon 485 KB 1 01/07/19 – 30/06/2020
    Queen’s Wharf Brisbane ICOP – December 2017 PDF icon 285 KB 1 20/12/17 – current

    2018–19 financial year
    DocumentType and sizeVersionApplicable dates
    Infrastructure Funding Framework – November 2018 PDF icon 1 MB 2 30/11/18 – 30/06/19
    Infrastructure Funding Framework – July 2018 PDF icon 1 MB 1 01/07/18 – 29/11/18
    Bowen Hills PDA DCOP – June 2019 PDF icon 2.5 MB 1 21/06/19 – 30/06/19
    Herston Quarter PDA DCOP – December 2017 PDF icon 486 KB 1 22/12/17 – 30/06/19
    Queen’s Wharf Brisbane ICOP – December 2017 PDF icon 285 KB 1 20/12/17 – current

    2017–18 financial year
    DocumentType and sizeVersionApplicable dates
    Infrastructure Funding Framework – July 2017 PDF icon 2.4 MB 1 01/07/17 – 30/06/2018
    Herston Quarter PDA DCOP – December 2017 PDF icon 486 KB 1 22/12/17 – 30/06/19
    Queen’s Wharf Brisbane ICOP – December 2017 PDF icon 285 KB 1 20/12/17 – current

    2016–17 financial year
    DocumentType and sizeVersionApplicable dates
    Infrastructure Funding Framework – February 2017 PDF icon 1.9 MB 2 28/02/17 – 30/06/2017
    Infrastructure Funding Framework – July 2016 PDF icon 927 KB 1 1/07/16 – 27/02/17

    2015–16 financial year
    DocumentType and sizeVersionApplicable dates
    Infrastructure Funding Framework – July 2015 PDF icon 1.7 MB 1 29/6/15 – 30/6/16

    2014–15 financial year
    DocumentType and sizeVersionApplicable dates
    Infrastructure Funding Framework – February 2015 PDF icon 636 KB 4 26/2/15 – 28/6/15
    Infrastructure Funding Framework – December 2014 PDF icon 495 KB 3 11/12/14 – 25/2/15
    Infrastructure Funding Framework – July 2014 PDF icon 1.0 MB 2 27/10/14 – 10/12/14
    Infrastructure Funding Framework – July 2014 PDF icon 1.0 MB 1 8/7/14 – 26/10/14

    2013–14 financial year
    DocumentType and sizeVersionApplicable dates
    Infrastructure Funding Framework – July 2013 PDF icon 1.0 MB 4 4/6/14 – 7/7/14
    Infrastructure Funding Framework – July 2013 PDF icon 1.0 MB 3 12/2/14 – 3/6/14
    Infrastructure Funding Framework – July 2013 PDF icon 882 KB 2 9/12/13 – 11/2/14
    Infrastructure Funding Framework – July 2013 PDF icon 451 KB 1 30/9/13 – 8/12/13

    More information

    For more information about infrastructure charges policies contact Economic Development Queensland on 07 3452 7688.

  • The Maturing the Infrastructure Pipeline Program (MIPP) is a $30 million infrastructure planning program that supports the development of a robust project pipeline by enabling projects to be matured from conceptually good ideas into solid proposals.

    The MIPP is being delivered in two phases of work.

    MIPP 1

    Phase 1 involved:

    • Rapid assessment of all proposals raised through consultation and future opportunities from the 2016 State Infrastructure Plan. These reports have all been completed.
    • Early stage assessments of 40 new infrastructure proposals submitted by 22 local governments – currently underway.

    MIPP 2

    Phase two of MIPP involved a competitive grant program open to all Local Governments. Submissions have been assessed and funds have been allocated to 70 projects across 67 Local Governments. These grants fund activities across two broad categories:

    • strategic planning for infrastructure – funding studies and investigations that will assist local governments to form a strategic view of their key infrastructure priorities and needs
    • business cases and/or detailed designs for the development of local government infrastructure proposals to provide better clarity on investment decisions.

    The MIPP is an infrastructure planning program and does not commit the Queensland Government to progress or fund further planning or to provide funding for the delivery of projects.

  • Social infrastructure includes physical facilities and spaces where the community can access social services. These include health-related services, education and training, social housing programs, police, courts and other justice and public safety provisions, as well as arts, culture and recreational facilities.

    The Strategy for Social Infrastructure (PDF icon 1.5 MB)is a framework that encourages more integrated, accessible, multi-functional and cost-effective social infrastructure delivery, improving services to communities.

    The strategy is supported by a Best Practice Guide for Social Infrastructure (PDF icon 4.7 MB), which outlines seven success factors that can be applied to assets. The guide showcases examples that collaborate and leverage funding to deliver good community outcomes.

  • The State Infrastructure Plan (SIP) outlines the Queensland Government’s strategic direction for planning and prioritising the investment and delivery of infrastructure that supports growth, enables economic development and creates jobs.

    The SIP, released in March 2016 after targeted statewide consultation, is in two parts – Part A: Strategy is updated every five years and Part B: Program is updated annually.

    Part A: Strategy (PDF icon 1.9 MB) – Sets a clear vision to guide infrastructure investment and provides a cohesive model for infrastructure planning and delivery which integrates with land use and economic planning. It coordinates infrastructure planning across Queensland Government agencies to create jobs, grow the economy and keep communities thriving.

    Capital Program 2020 update

    The Capital Program 2020 update (PDF icon 6.9 MB), released in August 2020, provides point in time information, reinforcing the Queensland Government’s commitment to delivering a $51.8 billion capital program over four years.

    This four-year program of capital investment across the state helps maintain industry confidence and highlights Queensland as an investment destination.

    The 2020 update includes an investment pipeline of $13.9 billion for the 2020/21 financial year, helping accelerate Queensland’s economic recovery from the impacts of COVID-19 and build our state’s resilience, now and into the future.

    The investment in 2020/21 is expected to directly support around 44,000 jobs, and help drive economic recovery.

    SIP Part B previous years

    SIP Part B updates help coordinate national, state, regional and local infrastructure planning, providing industry and all levels of government with the confidence to invest in and support Queensland’s growth. They also highlight how the Coordinator-General and Economic Development Queensland facilitate opportunities to grow the pipeline of infrastructure projects.

    SIP previous years

  • Overview

    The Total Asset Management Plan (TAMP) Framework is the whole-of-government policy for managing Queensland Government non-current assets.

    The policy facilitates a coordinated approach to asset management. The TAMP Framework will ensure that asset planning is transparent and consistent across the Queensland Government.

    The delivery of new assets can be expensive and takes a long time from planning through to operation. The government needs to ensure that both current and future assets support service delivery objectives in the most effective and financially responsible way.

    TAMP information plays a vital role in developing agency capital programs.

    Benefits of TAMP Framework

    The benefits of the TAMP Framework include:

    • providing a consistent and transparent whole-of-government reporting structure for asset management, allowing for comparative analysis of asset treatment
    • encouraging the consideration of non-asset based solutions for service delivery by taking into account maintenance, operational and disposal alternatives
    • encouraging a balanced assessment of asset lifecycle management, and efficient asset utilisation, by providing a transparent insight into asset condition, capacity, useful life, maintenance issues, level of service and performance deficiencies
    • aligning capital works programs and asset management practices with government policies by providing greater clarity of how assets facilitate the delivery of services to the community
    • assisting whole-of-government asset management practices by informing decision makers about the resource requirements necessary for a given service level
    • identifying implications of new policy initiatives in terms of asset requirements and associated maintenance and operational costs
    • assisting the preparation of agency capital programs, published in Budget Paper 3 – Capital Statement and the State Infrastructure Plan Part B: Program.

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