Tasmanian Planning Commission Review - Have your say

On 20 October 2019, The Minister for Planning called for an independent review of the Tasmanian Planning Commission’s roles and function in order to ensure its on-going statutory independence.

Professor Roberta Ryan and Alex Lawrie, from Forward Thinking are currently conducting the independent review in light of:

  • administrative changes to the Commission’s role in policy making;
  • the importance of the Commission remaining completely at arm’s length from Government;
  • the recent resignation of long-term Executive Commissioner Mr Greg Alomes; and
  • questions around the Commission being the most appropriate agency to conduct reporting on the State of the Environment.

The terms of reference for the review include:

  1. The structure of the Commission and the Act to ensure that:
    • The Commission is able to continue to perform its role as an independent decision maker and advisory body, in a fair, just, efficient and effective manner;
    • the Commission’s statutory functions are not compromised by its membership
    • the ongoing structure of the office of the Commission and its resourcing is reflective of its extended role in the planning system as an independent decision maker and advisory body on the new components of the Tasmanian planning system; and
    • its functions are not undermined by the demands of historically designated roles under other legislation that might be better reallocated to another agency or body, in particular the State of Environment Reporting function.
  2. The conflict of interest provisions in the Act and the process of delegation to ensure they operate transparently and meet public expectations.

For the full terms of reference please click on the attachment on the right hand side.

Feedback received on the Terms of Reference will inform the report prepared by the consultants.

The report is anticipated to be completed by 30 June 2020, and then publicly released by the Government.

The Government will then progress any legislative changes to address recommendations arising from the Review.

For further information on the review process, please contact the Planning Policy Unit on 6166 1429 | planning.unit@justice.tas.gov.au

For further information on the review itself and feedback please contact Professor Roberta Ryan via the planning policy unit planning.unit@justice.tas.gov.au

The comment period for this consultation is now closed.

Publishing submissions

Other than indicated below, submissions will be treated as public information and may be published on the Department of Justice website.

Submissions may be published after the Government has considered them.

No personal information other than an individual’s name or the organisation making a submission will be published.

Important information to note

  1. Your name (or the name of the organisation) will be published unless you request otherwise.
  2. In the absence of a clear indication that a submission is intended to be treated as confidential (or parts of the submission), the Department will treat the submission as public.
  3. If you would like your submission treated as confidential, whether in whole or in part, please indicate this in writing at the time of making your submission clearly identifying the parts of your submission you want to remain confidential and the reasons why. In this case, your submission will not be published to the extent of that request.
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  5. The Department will not publish, in whole or in part, submissions containing defamatory or offensive material. If your submission includes information that could enable the identification of other individuals then either all or parts of the submission will not be published.

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