Industry Update – August 2020


Planning Monthly Update 

Planning System Acceleration Program
The NSW Government has announced a further Tranche Five of the Planning System Acceleration Program. All 10 projects in Tranche Five will be determined by 11 September 2020. Of most interest to our clients will be the Aerotropolis SEPP which is a rezoning to create four of the new employment precincts around the new Western Sydney Airport – Aerotropolis Core, Badgerys Creek, Northern Gateway and Agribusiness.

New Planning Delivery Unit
Further detail has emerged on the new PDU. The PDU has a wide remit but will generally deal with projects that have been unreasonably delayed (120+ days) and have a value of circa $5M+ or that propose a significant public benefit. The step-in powers of the Secretary to resolve integrated development referrals have been delegated to the PDU and they will be reporting fortnightly directly to the Minister on the integrated referral timeframes of NSW agencies. Projects can be referred by government or the private sector by emailing

Changes to Occupation Certificates (for Class 2 Buildings)
The Residential Apartment Buildings (Compliance and Enforcement Powers) Act 2020 comes into being on 1 September 2020. There are implications for developers, new the obligations and new powers for the Secretary and Building Commissioner to issue Orders (30 days to appeal), rectify works, preclude the issuing of OC’s and issue some pretty hefty fines. One of the key take outs to be aware if is that if you don’t notify the Secretary by 14 September that you want an OC in the period before 15 March 2020 then you will not be able to get one until at least that date.

If you’d like to make a submission regarding any of the above exhibitions or would like to discuss further please contact Nathan Croft, Manager Planning & Development Strategy on 0419 845 089 or at

Construction Monthly Update 

M12 Motorway added to Infrastructure Australia’s Priority List:

Infrastructure Australia, the federal government advisory body, has released an updated edition of its Priority List, which now includes an additional 12 projects into its $64 billion pipeline to help the country recover from its “rolling series of crises”.

Amongst the 12 new projects added, the M12 Motorway has been included as a high priority initiative.

M12, an east-west 16-kilometre motorway between the M7 Motorway, Cecil Hills, and the Northern Road, Luddenham, will provide connectivity to the new airport and will directly connection to Sydney’s motorway network.

The motorway will include four lanes, two in each direction, and a median to separate the opposing traffic flows. It will also include provisions to widen the motorway to include three lanes each direction, and a future interchange connecting Mamre Road and Devonshire Road.

The M12 Motorways forms a key part of the joint initiative of the Australian and NSW governments’ Western Sydney Infrastructure Plan (WSIP), and is scheduled to start in 2022, with a completion date set before the opening of the Western Sydney International Airport.

The next Infrastructure Priority List announcement is expected in February.

Albion Park Rail Bypass Update:

The Transport for NSW $630 million Albion Park Rail bypass project has hit a new milestone.

The NSW Government funded project, which includes the extension of the M1 Princes Motorway between Yallah and Oak Flats to bypass Albion Park Rail, has recently seen concrete planks installed on two new bridges over road and rail at Yallah. Next, planks will be installed on three more bridges across the project.

The project will have 13 bridges in total including five waterway crossing, one access crossing, one railway crossing, three road crossings and three bridges for ramp crossings.

The project is scheduled for completion in 2022.

Melbourne Construction Site Restrictions:

This month, we saw new restrictions imposed for all Melbourne construction sites, which were required to be adopted by 1:59am on Saturday 8 August.

All Melbourne construction sites are now required to have a High Risk COVIDSafe Plan in place, as well as allow no more than one worker per four square metres of enclosed workspace.

The restrictions cover small-scale construction, large-scale construction, and early stage residential land development, and include guidelines such as daily maximum workers on site for large-scale construction to be limited to the higher of 25% of their baseline workforce, or 5 workers.

These restrictions apply unless the activity constitutes construction of critical and essential infrastructure or constitutes critical repairs to any premises where required for emergency and safety.

For information on how we can assist with the delivery of any infrastructure or residential projects that you may have, please contact our Construction Manager, Edmund Tsang on 0418 758 184 or at

Project Management Monthly Update 

North Kellyville Contribution Plan Assessment Completed

The iPART assessment of the North Kellyville contribution plan has been completed. The North Kellyville Contribution Plan currently adopted was completed in 2010 and since then the predicted population has increased, this along with other iPART recommendations could result in a reduction of up to $16,000 of developer contributions.

Wollongong City Wide Contributions Plan – On Exhibition

The draft Wollongong City Wide Contribution Plan is on exhibition, submissions close in early September, if you have a property in the Wollongong LGA and would like advice on how this may impact your property and it’s development potential please contact our Manager – Projects, James Green on 0439 867 679 or at

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