Department of Planning, Industry and Environment

The New South Wales Department of Planning, Industry and Environment (DPIE) is a department of the New South Wales Government responsible for effective and sustainable planning and the development of industry to support the growth in the state of New South Wales, Australia. It makes plans based on evidence for the state’s cities and regions, working with the community, business and local government to create places for people in NSW to live, work and spend their leisure time, while ensuring good access to transport and other services like shops and restaurants.[2]:6,9 The Department is also responsible for the evidence-based assessment of state significant development applications.

New South Wales Department of Planning, Industry and Environment
NSW Department of Planning, Industry and Environment logo.png
Department overview
Formed1 July 2019 (2019-07-01)
Preceding agencies
TypeDepartment
JurisdictionNew South Wales
Headquarters12 Darcy Street, Parramatta
Ministers responsible
Department executive
Websitewww.dpie.nsw.gov.au

The department was established with effect from 1 July 2019 and assumed most of the functions of the former Department of Planning and Environment and the former Department of Industry that were dissolved on the same date. On the same date, the Office of Local Government and the Office of Environment and Heritage were abolished and merged into the newly-formed department.[3]

In April 2020, the Regions, Industry, Agriculture and Resources division of DPIE was spun out as the Department of Regional NSW, a separate government department.[4][5][6]

StructureEdit

The Department is the lead agency in the Planning, Industry and Environment cluster, led by Secretary, presently Jim Betts,[1] who reports to the ministers listed below.

MinistersEdit

The following ministers are responsible for the administration of the department and its agencies:[7][8]

Ultimately the ministers are responsible to the Parliament of New South Wales.

The Department administers the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act (1979).[9]

AgenciesEdit

The following agencies are included in the Planning, Industry and Environment cluster, administered by the Department:[3][failed verification]

PrioritiesEdit

HistoryEdit

The Department was established in April 2019 when the former Department of Planning and Environment and the former Department of Industry were merged. The Department of Planning and Environment and Department of Industry were formed in April 2014 and July 2015 respectively.

Most, but not all functions of the two former departments were merged into the new department.[3] The Office of Environment and Heritage and Office of Local Government were also dissolved and merged into the new department.

PlanningEdit

Prior to the formation of the department, the main planning department/authority in New South Wales had various names throughout its history. Starting with the State Planning Authority, which replaced the Cumberland County Council and the Northumberland County Council in December 1963, the predecessors of the DPIE were:

  • State Planning Authority (1963-1974)[11]
  • New South Wales Planning and Environment Commission (1974-1980)[12]
  • Department of Environment and Planning (1980-1988)[13]
  • Department of Planning (1988-1995)
  • Department of Urban Affairs and Planning (1995-2001)[14]
  • Department of Planning (2001-April 2003)
  • Department of Urban and Transport Planning (April-July 2003)[15]
  • Department of Infrastructure, Planning and Natural Resources (July 2003-2005)[16]
  • Department of Planning (2005-2011)
  • Department of Planning and Infrastructure (2011-2014)[17]
  • Department of Planning and Environment (2014-2019)

IndustryEdit

The predecessor industry department in New South Wales were:

  • Department of Industry and Investment (2009-2011),[18] branded as Industry & Investment NSW[19]
  • Department of Trade and Investment, Regional Infrastructure and Services (2011-2015), branded as NSW Trade & Investment[20]
  • Department of Industry, Skills and Regional Development (2015-2017)[21]
  • Department of Industry (2017-2019)

EnvironmentEdit

The predecessor environment authority/office/department in New South Wales were:

LGBTIQ+ NetworkEdit

In July 2020, it was reported that the NSW Planning Department launched a LGBTIQ+ Network - focusing on jobs and the economy for NSW.[25][26]

Office Relocation to ParramattaEdit

When it was formed, the Department was initially spread across a number of sites, mostly in the Sydney CBD. In January and February 2020, the Department relocated and consolidated most of its staff in a newly built tower at 4 Parramatta Square.[27] Shortly after moving into the building, the Department was criticised by unions and some staff for spending $1,246,000 fitting out its new offices with indoor plants.[28][29] The expenditure, which was signed off in April 2020, was not supported by the Department's Minister, Rob Stokes, who reportedly instructed the Department's Secretary to "fix this" so that the money could be redirected to supporting jobs and the economy.[30]

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "Our structure". NSW Department of Planning, Industry and Environment. Retrieved 30 October 2019.
  2. ^ "Plan for Growing NSW: Corporate Plan: 2015-2017". Government of New South Wales. Retrieved 24 February 2017.
  3. ^ a b c "Administrative Arrangements (Administrative Changes—Public Service Agencies) Order 2019 [NSW] (159)" (PDF). Government Gazette of the State of New South Wales. 2 April 2019. p. 7-8. Retrieved 4 April 2019.
  4. ^ "Department of Regional NSW to take on urgent needs of the bush". NSW Government. 2 April 2020. Retrieved 13 July 2020.
  5. ^ "Administrative Arrangements (Administrative Changes—Regional NSW and Independent Planning Commission) Order 2020". Legislation NSW. 2020. Retrieved 13 July 2020.
  6. ^ "Regions, Industry, Agriculture and Resources". Department of Planning, Industry and Environment. Archived from the original on 13 July 2020. Retrieved 13 July 2020.
  7. ^ "Government Notices (30)" (PDF). Government Gazette of the State of New South Wales. 2 April 2019. p. 1088-1090. Retrieved 3 April 2019.
  8. ^ "Our Ministers". Department of Planning, Industry and Environment. Retrieved 13 July 2020.
  9. ^ "NSW Environmental Planning and Assessment Act". Parliament of New South Wales. 1979. Retrieved 5 May 2007.
  10. ^ Hannam, Peter (10 September 2014). "Snowy loses independent scientific oversight". SMH. Retrieved 27 August 2019.
  11. ^ "AGY-424 State Planning Authority". NSW State Archives & Records. Retrieved 19 March 2020.
  12. ^ "AGY-425 New South Wales Planning and Environment Commission". NSW State Archives & Records. Retrieved 19 March 2020.
  13. ^ "AGY-427 Department of Environment and Planning (1980-1988) Department of Planning [I] (1988-1995)". NSW State Archives & Records. Retrieved 19 March 2020.
  14. ^ "AGY-3809 Department of Urban Affairs and Planning (1995 - 2001) Department of Planning [II](2001-2003)". NSW State Archives & Records. Retrieved 19 March 2020.
  15. ^ "AGY-3525 Department of Urban and Transport Planning". NSW State Archives & Records. Retrieved 19 March 2020.
  16. ^ "AGY-3813 Department of Infrastructure, Planning and Natural Resources". NSW State Archives & Records. Retrieved 19 March 2020.
  17. ^ "AGY-4721 Department of Planning [III] (2005-2011) Department of Planning and Infrastructure (2011-2014) Department of Planning and Environment (2014-2019)". NSW State Archives & Records. Retrieved 19 March 2020.
  18. ^ "AGY-6325 Department of Industry and Investment (2009-2011) Department of Trade and Investment, Regional Infrastructure and Services (2011-2015)". NSW State Archives & Records. Retrieved 6 April 2020.
  19. ^ "Welcome". Industry & Investment NSW. June 2010. Archived from the original on 9 June 2010.
  20. ^ "Who we are". Department of Trade and Investment, Regional Infrastructure and Services. June 2012. Archived from the original on 3 June 2012.
  21. ^ "AGY-6946 Department of Industry, Skills and Regional Development (2015-2017) / Department of Industry (2017- )". NSW State Archives & Records. Retrieved 6 April 2020.
  22. ^ "AGY-1146 Environment Protection Authority". NSW State Archives & Records. Retrieved 6 April 2020.
  23. ^ "AGY-3815 Department of Environment and Conservation (2003-2007) Department of Environment and Climate Change (2007-2009) Department of Environment, Climate Change and Water (2009-2011)". NSW State Archives & Records. Retrieved 6 April 2020.
  24. ^ "AGY-6439 Office of Environment and Heritage". NSW State Archives & Records. Retrieved 6 April 2020.
  25. ^ [1]
  26. ^ [2]
  27. ^ Housing and Property (26 October 2020). "4 Parramatta Square Workplace". Housing and Property. Retrieved 30 October 2020.
  28. ^ "'It's astonishing': More than $1.2m spent on indoor plants for new NSW Government office". www.abc.net.au. 9 June 2020. Retrieved 30 October 2020.
  29. ^ "NSW planning department spent $1.2m on office plants". The Mandarin. 10 June 2020. Retrieved 30 October 2020.
  30. ^ "'The hypocrisy is breathtaking': NSW government splurges a million dollars on plants". 2GB. 10 June 2020. Retrieved 30 October 2020.

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