Project Portfolio

The PlanDev team have had extensive experience and bring a diverse range of broad and specialist skills that will be required for the delivery of any planning and development project. A sample of recently completed projects relating to planning and online solutions include:


Featured Projects

Enhancing Disaster Resilience in the Built Environment | Attorney’s Generals

The objective of the Enhancing disaster resilience in the built environment project was to address two key tasks from the implementation plan for the COAG-endorsed National Strategy for Disaster Resilience. The Strategy includes steps to improve our understanding of the risks of natural disasters, educating people of these risks and improving the methods of communicating urgent messages to communities so they can make informed decisions about their options when confronted with natural disaster events.

The project addressed the implementation plan through the:


  • Development of a built environment vision for addressing the subject into the future;
  • Review of the current state of relevant legislation and policy in all Australian jurisdictions;
  • Preparation of a gap analysis of relevant legislation, governance, processes, technology and education for all Australian jurisdictions to determine areas for improvement and opportunities for enhancement; and
  • Construction of a roadmap to guide the future of the matter across the jurisdictions.


The PlanDev team worked in collaboration with stakeholders within each state and territory along with the Commonwealth Government and key national organisations to develop each of the project outputs, being the Vision Statement, Current State Review, Gap Analysis and Roadmap documents.

These documents are accessible at:

DAPR – OWLS | Council of Mayors (SEQ)

Since project commencement in August 2011, the DAPR‐OWLS team has been working closely with councils, developers and industry peak bodies to develop a suite of process reforms and tools to streamline the assessment process for large subdivisions and the majority of operational works. At the core of the project improvements is the Development Partnership Process, the collective term given to the complete process and supporting tools being delivered through DAPR‐OWLS. The Development Partnership Process aims to reduce timeframes by promoting better communication and collaboration between council and the developer.

The first stage, the Pre‐application Design Process, enables council and the developer to work collaboratively and resolve key issues prior to lodgement. The Pre‐Application Design Process is an intensive and cooperative period, taking up to 12 weeks depending on the complexity of the development. This process confirms the information required by the developer to create a well‐made application, therefore, eliminating the need for future information requests. Should any complication arise in the process, both parties can revert to the standard assessment process at any time. As the major issues have been resolved in the Pre‐Application Design Process, council and the developer have effectively laid the ground work for the Streamlined Assessment Process. The assessment becomes a process of checking that the application clearly reflects the pre‐application agreements, allowing council to complete the assessment within 60 business days.

To complete the process, the DAPR‐OWLS project has recommended the implementation of self‐assessment for low risk operational works that remain in private ownership with minimal impact on the public realm, and compliance assessment (using accredited consultants) for most other applications. However, full council assessment will remain in place for high risk operational works including all trunk infrastructure applications.

It is important to note the Development Partnership Process does not alter the existing process bound by the IDAS, instead it enhances the existing process to create time and cost savings for both councils and developers

National ePlanning Strategy | Vision and Roadmap for ePlanning

Establishing a strategy for electronic planning (ePlanning) services in Australia


  • Development of a Future State document for ePlanning in Australia
  • Review of jurisdictions progress towards that Future State
  • Gap analysis between Current State and Future State
  • Development of a national Roadmap for the progression of jurisdictions towards the Future State
  • Website:
  • Click Here for more on the National ePlanning Strategy project


Target 5 Days | SEQ Process Reform Project

Developing a range of process reform activities for residential development applications in SEQ


  • File survey activity – comprehensive review of over 1000 Development applications across most SEQ Councils delivering individual file survey reports for each Council and a regional report with over 60 recommendations for improvements.
  • Developed Council activity plans for engaging Councils in project participation
  • Project managed the design and delivery phase of the project including the production of tools to streamline the DA process delivering a 75% reduction in 95% of residential applications (currently underway)
  • Delivery of RiskSmart implementation services at Logan City Council for all residential uses – Logan have reduced processing times by up to 85%.


Planning and Development Online (PD Online) | SEQ RRIF Project

Australia’s largest RRIF project, implementing ePlanning services across 21 councils in 12 months


  • Managed bid process through to project finalisation
  • Consulted with stakeholders, including peak bodies (HIA, UDIA, PIA etc.), local government officers/management, Councillors/Mayors, town planning consultants, community members/organisations and general applicants (mum and dad applicants)
  • Involved evaluation and recommendation of ePlanning solutions to be used
  • Click Here for more on PD Online information


Other Key Projects

The PlanDev team have been involved in the following recent projects:

Project Management | Qld HAF-eDA Project


  • A partnership with state and local authorities to provide an end-to-end eDA solution for high growth Queensland councils
  • Responsible for the delivery of 18 Project Initiation Documents for participating Councils in the Qld HAF eDA project
  • Involves solutions options analysis, business requirements gathering and stakeholder engagement
  • Project Management of the project
  • Business configuration activities (determination of the key questions and information required for a well made application to drive the application and assessment processes


Development Services Review | City of Swan, Western Australia


  • Undertook a review of the Development Services in City of Swan, WA
  • Review involved file audits, process review, systems review, stakeholder interviews, comprehensive review report including recommendations, ePlanning Strategy and action plan
  • Covered Statutory Planning, Strategic Planning and Building sections


Planning Reform Implementation Project | Queensland

  • Managed and facilitated consultation and stakeholder engagement with over 100 industry representatives.
  • Undertaking RiskSmart Implementation across Queensland high-growth council


Logan City Council | Planning and Development Improvement Program


  • Review of Operational Works-Landscaping requirements
  • Developed multiple RiskSmart use types including Houses in Overlays, Sheds and Setbacks
  • Process improvement to support the use of RiskSmart at Logan


Moreton Bay Regional Council | Planning and Development Improvement Program


  • File survey and analysis for HAF targeted residential development applications


Toowoomba City Council | Planning and Development Improvement Program


  • Developed multiple RiskSmart use types
  • Configured on-line lodgement and reporting services for applicants and electronic assessment for development assessment staff
  • Business Impact analysis to streamline development application lodgement and processing


Brisbane City Council | RiskSmart Implementation


  • Creation and implementation of the RiskSmart approach
  • Engagement and management of the accredited consultants
  • Communication and promotion of RiskSmart within Council and externally
  • Operational management of the RiskSmart approach within Brisbane City Council
  • Working with peak bodies to formulate and support RiskSmart in Brisbane City Council


Brisbane City Council | eGovernment Project

  • Strategic IT and business services for an extensive eGovernment program of work
  • Customer service analysis and stakeholder engagement
  • Process and technology review