Local government infrastructure includes water supply and reticulation, sewage treatment, local roads, stormwater management and parks.

The department reviewed the existing framework in 2013 and 2014 to introduce reforms that enhance the clarity, equity and consistency of the system.

As part of this review, the public were invited to have their say on the proposed changes. The department received more than 80 submissions from interested stakeholders on how the local government infrastructure charges framework could best support a growing, sustainable and prosperous Queensland.

Infrastructure planning and charging framework

Following the review, the department has produced an 'Infrastructure planning and charging framework' that strikes a balance between local government financial sustainability and property development feasibility.

The new framework:

Amendments to the SPA and SEQ Water Act

Amendments to the Sustainable Planning Act 2009 and the South East Queensland Water (Distribution and Retail Restructuring) Act 2009, were required to support the implementation of the reformed infrastructure framework. These amendments have been progressed through the Sustainable Planning (Infrastructure Charges) and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2014 which was passed by parliament to commence on 4 June 2014. These explanation notes provide more information about the Bill.

Some of the key amendments to the SPA and the SEQ Water Act include:

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Fair value infrastructure charges schedule

As part of the infrastructure planning and charges framework review, a study was undertaken to analyse the relationship between demand and the cost to provide development with essential infrastructure to support it.

This work resulted in the development of the fair value infrastructure charges schedule (PDF icon 345 KB).

Compared to the maximum charges determined in 2011 and set by the state under the State Planning Regulatory Provision (adopted charges) 2012 (PDF icon 134 KB), the fair value infrastructure charges schedule includes a 10 per cent cost reduction for charges for residential development and 15 per cent reduction for non-residential development.

In addition, the proposed schedule has:

While the State Planning Regulatory Provision (adopted charges) identifies the prescribed maximum infrastructure charges set by the state, local governments are encouraged to adopt the lower and more refined infrastructure charges proposed under the non-mandatory fair value infrastructure charges schedule.

Frequently asked questions

Why were the reforms needed?

What consultation has been undertaken and what were the key issues?

When is a local government planning scheme required to include an LGIP?

Will a local government be able to levy infrastructure charges from the commencement of the new framework in 2014 and onwards if they do not have an adopted infrastructure charges resolution?

What is the process, criteria, parameters and impacts of the conversion process in relation to trunk and non-trunk infrastructure?

What are the anticipated impacts and timeframes of the changes to the offset and refund provisions?

What is the intent of the planned versus actual values provision and what do local authorities have to do in preparation?

Why is it important to mandate the provision of credits for existing lawful use rights?

What changes have been made to the appeals and dispute resolution process?

How do the changes affect infrastructure agreements?

How do the amendments to the SEQ Water Act differ from the amendments to SPA?

What happens, if a local government and a distributor-retailer do not agree on the split of the maximum charge?

How will the transition between the current framework and the new framework be managed?

Setting infrastructure charges

The State Planning Regulatory Provision (adopted charges) 2012 (SPRP) (PDF icon 134 KB) and the Adopted Infrastructure Charges Schedule 2016 (PDF icon 392 KB) (increased amounts) sets a limit on the amount a local authority can levy a development for local infrastructure.

Local authorities still have the flexibility to set charges for their region provided the charges are below the maximum charge. This provides a level of certainty for the development industry that infrastructure charges will remain under the maximum amount while still supporting the provision of critical infrastructure by local authorities.

Local government

Local governments that levy infrastructure charges are required to set their infrastructure charge rates by making an adopted infrastructure charges resolution. For more information about your council area's adopted infrastructure charge resolution, contact your local government office. Find your local council's contact details. Local governments are required to publish their infrastructure charges resolution on their web pages.

Until 30 June 2016, or an extended date before 1 July 2018 approved by the Minister, local councils that do not have an infrastructure plan will have their priority infrastructure area (PIA) map identified in the SPRP. A PIA map identifies the areas that a local government will give priority in providing infrastructure services to accommodate future growth. View the current local government PIA maps. These maps will be superseded once a local government adopts its infrastructure plan.

Water distributor-retailers

South-East Queensland local councils set infrastructure charges for:

Water supply and waste water infrastructure charges are set by water distributor-retailers (Queensland Urban Utilities and Unity Water). The local government and distributor-retailers total infrastructure charge is limited to the maximum infrastructure charge.