Steps in process:

  1. Notice of Review9 Mar 2021
  2. Issues Paper26 Mar 2021
  3. Initial ConsultationMar – May 2021
  4. Draft Report2 Jul 2021
  5. Report ConsultationJul - Sep 2021
  6. Final Report11 Oct 2021 - current step

Final Report

The Commission was tasked to evaluate the regulation and practice governing referrals processes of select referral bodies with mandates in the areas of environmental significance, native vegetation and transport routes and corridors. The Commission also considered the effect of referral bodies’ input on major project assessment processes and associated administrative improvements to enhance the new planning system.

The review made recommendations to improve the effectiveness of referral agency operations and performance; lifting the consistency and transparency of major project assessment; and strengthening the state’s capacity to assess significant projects for their economic effects.

The Commission thanks the referral bodies, Planning and Land Use Services, planning professionals, industry and professional associations, and other stakeholders for supporting the Commission’s work through their timely sharing of important information and data, and candid interactions throughout the review process.


The final report was delivered to the Premier on 11 October 2021 and was published on the SAPC website on 10 January 2022.

Government's Response to the Final Report

The Government's response to the final report was released on 13 January 2022 and can be found at the Department of the Premier and Cabinet website.

Presiding Commissioner

Adrian Tembel
T: 08 8226 7744

Review Lead

Aaron Witthoeft
T: 08 8226 7107


Giselle Oruga
T: 08 8226 7764