Planning Reform


Initial Consultation - Planning Reform – Review, Reframe, Renew (15 October - 8 December 2017)

Consultation on the Review, Reframe, Renew discussion paper was conducted by Elton Consulting and included:

  • invitations and briefings for key stakeholder groups
  • a telephone survey of 400 Northern Territory residents
  • A dedicated 1800 number for queries
  • An online survey
  • Inviting written submissions
  • Two industry workshops, held in Alice Springs and Darwin
  • One focus group with respondents to the telephone survey
  • Two Council workshops involving members from most local government areas
  • Pop-up community consultation sessions at local shopping centres and malls

Over 1,000 people from Greater Darwin, Alice Springs, and Katherine were directly involved in the consultation, with additional residents reading the documents on the website.

Consultation documents:

Archived online consultation:

Consultation outcomes:

Stage 2 Consultation – Planning Reform – Phase 1 Priority Reforms (26 July - 7 September 2018)

Consultation on the Phase 1 Priority Reforms aimed to get in-depth feedback on the proposed reforms. This consultation targeted frequent users of the planning system and those who participated in the reform process in 2017. Consultation was conducted by Elton Consulting and included:

  • A telephone number for queries
  • Feature on the ‘Have Your Say’ website providing information and seeking feedback
  • focus group sessions held in Darwin, Alice Springs and Katherine for stakeholders including:
    • Community members
    • Environmental groups
    • Planning and legal professionals
    • Industry associations
    • Local government (LGANT, greater Darwin Councils, Regional Councils and Remote Councils in and around Katherine and Alice Springs)
    • Northern Territory Planning Commission

Consultation documents:

Archived online consultation:

Consultation outcomes:

Stage 3 Consultation – Planning Reform – Consultation Draft Bill for Amendments to the Planning Act 1999 (7 October - 29 November 2019)

Feedback is currently being sought on changes to the Planning Act 1999.

You can find out more about the current round of consultation, download the consultation documents and make a submission online via the Have Your Say website.

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Last updated: 10 November 2019


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