Draft State Policies (Tasmanian Sustainable Development Policies) and amendments of State policies are assessed under Part 2 of the State Policies and Projects Act 1993.
The Commission appoints an assessment panel as its delegate (section 8 of the Tasmanian Planning Commission Act 1997) to carry out the assessment. The powers and functions of the Commission which are necessary to do the assessment are delegated to each panel member. Panel members are appointed on the basis of skills, experience and expertise relevant to the issues.
The Minister responsible for the development of State Policies may direct the Commission to assess and report back on a draft State Policy or an amendment of a State Policy. If directed to do an assessment, the Commission publicly exhibits the draft State Policy or amendment and invites representations. A hearing may then be held.
After any hearing and consideration of representations, the Commission reports to the Minister.
Once the Commission’s report is received, the Minister may recommend the making of a State Policy to the Governor, who may make the State Policy and nominate when it will become effective. The State Policy or amendment must be approved by both Houses of Parliament before taking effect.
The flowchart (PDF, 94.4KB) shows the assessment process.
Opportunities for public input are through representations in response to:
Read more information about State Policies, including current State Policies.