Faster Local Assessment Grant Program –

Local grant program to speed up evaluation times

The NSW Government has developed a new scheme to help support 14 selected councils across the state in the assessments of Development Applications (DA) and Planning Proposals (PP).

The $4.9 million program will allow boards to allocate additional resources and implement process improvements that will result in reduced assessment times.

Each of the boards received $350,000 to help improve processes through a range of activities, such as the appointment of additional professional assessment staff and system enhancements.

The Faster Local Assessment Grants program will help councils incorporate long-term changes into their assessment processes that help speed up processing times.

This support will result in:

  • accelerate housing supply through expedited assessments of local DAs and PPs
  • empower councils to improve housing capacity and outcomes
  • gain a better understanding of assessment practices in high-volume residential development councils, to enable targeted improvements across all councils.

14 municipalities were selected according to the following criteria:

  • anticipated high volume of housing to be delivered through local DAs, subdivision DAs or PPs
  • opportunities to improve assessment times
  • had not received funding under the previous RSDA program (2021).

The municipalities eligible for the program are:

  • Metropolitan Councils: Canada Bay, Fairfield City, Hawkesbury, Inner West, Penrith City, Wollondilly Shire, Woollahra
  • Regional Councils: Cessnock, Eurobodalla, Port Stephens, Queanbeyan-Palerang, Shoalhaven, Singleton, Wollongong.

More information

For more information on the Faster Local Assessment Grants program, including the purpose, how councils were selected and the criteria for participation:

Last page update: 06/23/2022