Government legislation and strategies

NSW Government

NSW State Government provides a planning framework through several agencies, plans and laws.

This agency manages environmental planning policies and legislation, metropolitan and regional land use strategies and the NSW Planning Portal, including the online Building Sustainability Index (BASIX) assessment tool.

New England North West Regional Plan

The new England North West Regional Plan 2036 is a 20-year blueprint for the future of the region, focussing on land-use planning.


Australian Government

Are you planning a project or development, or changing the way that you use your land, which might have impacts on our environment? If so, you may need additional approvals under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (EPBC Act).

The EPBC Act is designed to protect our unique animals, plants, habitats and heritage places both now, and into the future. It ensures ‘matters of national environmental significance’ are identified and any potential negative impacts are considered and managed before any changes in land use or new developments are approved.

To find out what you need to do, please visit the Department of Agriculture, Water and Environment website for more information about the EPBC including an information toolkit and short video.