New Risk Framwork for SARA Processes

New Risk Framwork for SARA Processes

PlanDev Business Solutions are currently finalising the development of a ‘Risk Framework’ for transport-related triggers for Queensland’s new State Assessment and Referral Agency (SARA).

Launched on 1 July 2013, the State Government launched SARA to improve the coordination and responsiveness of the Queensland Government in dealing with development assessment. The development and implementation of SARA is being led by the Department of State Development, Infrastructure and Planning (DSDIP).

The PlanDev team undertook an analysis of Department of Transport and Main Roads (DTMR) involvement in development assessment has been undertaken to investigate ways to streamline the lodgement and processing of applications through SARA using a risk framework.  The framework will be used by SARA and DTMR when undertaking assessment of development applications that trigger transport-related matters for consideration.

An integral part of streamlining the assessment process within the SARA is the creation of a sound and effective risk framework to ensure that development applications can be assigned to a specific risk track of assessment (i.e. lower risk—shorter approval track, higher risk—longer, more detailed approval track) and assessed accordingly.

Soon to be released, the process changes will have significant improvements on the existing ‘award winning’ development approval processes across the State. We are very excited to have been involved in such an important project and look forward to seeing it fully implemented over the next few months.

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