Amendments to legislation

Economic Development Queensland operates under the Economic Development Act 2012 (ED Act).

The ED Act establishes a streamlined planning and development assessment framework that applies to declared priority development areas (PDAs) within the state.

Amendments to the Act were made as part of the Economic Development and Other Legislation Amendment Act 2019 (EDOLAA) on 11 April 2019.

Economic Development and Other Legislation Amendment Act 2019

The amendments follow a review of the Economic Development Act (ED Act) which focussed on planning and development assessment, including how the ED Act interacts with other Acts.

The amendments will improve existing processes to help deliver government priorities, including delivery of the Cross River Rail and other projects aimed at generating growth and job opportunities across the state.

Certain provisions came into effect immediately. Other provisions (mainly those relating to development assessment) commenced on 9 December 2019.

Key amendments

View a summary of the key amendments (PDF icon 181 KB) to the ED Act and other related Acts.

View the Amendment Act and Explanatory Notes for further details.

Changes to the interpretation of PDA exempt and PDA self-assessable development

As a result of amendments to the ED Act, the development categories PDA self-assessable development and PDA exempt development have been replaced with the new category, PDA accepted development

This means that development instruments (i.e. both Interim Land Use Plans (ILUPs) and development schemes) made after the ED Act was amended will now refer to PDA accepted development.

However, when interpreting an Interim Land Use Plan (ILUP) or development scheme made before the Act was amended: 

Ministerial direction

Ministerial direction 20 May 2014 (PDF icon 416 KB)

Ministerial direction 23 April 2009 (PDF icon 911 KB)