Legislative Council Portfolio Committee 7 (Environment and Planning) is holding a virtual hearing into the Environmental Planning and Assessment (Infrastructure Contributions) Bill 2021 which seeks to implement the recommendations made by the NSW Productivity Commission following its Review of Infrastructure Contributions in December 2020, which were accepted in full by the NSW Government in March 2021.
The NSW Productivity Commission's Review made 29 recommendations aimed at delivering a principles-based system which is centred on certainty, efficiency, simplicity, transparency and consistency.
The Department of Planning, Industry and Environment has closely followed these recommendations in devising a new funding model for infrastructure contributions, which is broadly divided into two main categories:
- local infrastructure contributions and fixed development consent levies; and
- state infrastructure contributions.
The virtual hearing is a single day hearing and included a number of stakeholders including:
- Mr Peter Achterstraat AO: NSW Productivity Commissioner
- Cr Clover Moore: Lord Mayor, City of Sydney
- Cr Linda Scott: President, Local Government NSW
- Cr Rick Firman OAM: Chairman, Riverina Joint Organisation
- Mr Tom Forrest: Chief Executive Officer, Urban Taskforce Australia
- Hon. Rob Stokes: Minister for Planning and Public Spaces
For further information on this inquiry and to visit the Committee website, please click here.