State policies

State Policies describe the Government's position on issues of sustainable development. They are policies about:

  • land use planning
  • land management
  • environmental management, and
  • environment protection.

State Policies are made under the State Policies and Projects Act 1993. The Department of Premier and Cabinet (DPAC) is responsible for the Act and the Premier is the relevant Minister. The Commission becomes involved when directed by the Minister to review a draft State policy.  When the review is complete, the Governor gives effect to the State policy. The Governor of Tasmania has made three State Policies, available via the DPAC website at with links provided below:

As well as the State policies above, the Act also recognises National Environmental Protection Measures (NEPMs) as State Policies. Information about NEPMs can be found at

Planning schemes and planning scheme amendments must be consistent with State Policies.