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Govt commits to Infrastructure Charges reporting

The Labor Government has promised transparency on infrastructure funding in line with recommendations made by the UDIA Queensland.

This announcement followed significant work and advocacy efforts by the Institute and work undertaken by the Industry Leaders Research Group to understand community consultation and attitudes towards densification. 

The research revealed that there is no understanding of infrastructure charges amongst the community and a lack of transparency of the collection and spending of infrastructure charges. 

Currently there is no publicly accessible information that details the amount of infrastructure charges collected within a local government area at a suburb level, nor detailed information regarding how and where infrastructure charges are spent.  This information is critical to the community because it provides a deeper understanding of how development activity and densification is deliverying benefits to the broader community.  This information significantly eases community concerns in relation to development.

On the eve of the election, Jackie Trad announced the Palaszczuk Government would require councils to reveal more information to the community about how charges collected from developers are spent in the local neighbourhood. This would involve amendments to the Planning Act.

Ms Trad said residents had consistently raised concerns with her over the lack of transparency around how councils distribute the millions of dollars levied from developers, which are meant to go towards important community projects like parks and local roads.

The proposal reflects the Institute’s pre-election priorities and would require Councils publish information about:

  • the total amount of infrastructure charges revenue collected
  • the total amount of infrastructure charges revenue spent for each infrastructure network (water supply, sewerage, transport, stormwater, parks and land for community purposes) and
  • the total amount the unspent charges accumulated over previous financial years.

This information would be published suburb by suburb, as well as aggregated across each Local Government Area. It was also noted that in SEQ these requirements would also apply to Queensland Urban Utilities and Unitywater, who are responsible for levying infrastructure charges for water supply and sewerage.