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See the infrastructure light

Following UDIA Queensland’s strong advocacy, the State Government has made good on their election promise to maximise efficiency and transparency in the delivery of local government infrastructure planning and processes. These changes will come into effect on 1 July 2019.

The Institute’s research found that the community are not fully aware of the actual contributions that developers make to local government authorities, nor what those contributions are used for. Transparency on these charges will provide the community with a better understanding of the impacts and benefits of development.

Material has been put forward by the state government for local government, and industry body consultation. Critical new transparency requirements would include:

  • Local government required to publish expanded Infrastructure Charges Registers (ICRs) on their website in a form enabling data to be searched and reports extracted (by suburb or locality) including:
  • Description and reference number of the Local Government Infrastructure Plan (LGIP) infrastructure item(s) the charge contributes towards
  • Infrastructure item(s), where not included in a LGIP, the charge relates towards
  • Reference to each Infrastructure charges notices (ICN) or infrastructure agreements (IA)
  • Require forecast reporting on:
  • Infrastructure charges revenue and LGIP expenditure (planned) for the current financial year (FY) and the following 3 consecutive FYs
  • Estimated capital expenditure, stated in the annual budget, for the current FY and the following 2 consecutive FYs
  • Annual reporting on the previous financial year:
  • Actual infrastructure charges revenue collected and expended by suburb or locality and network
  • Unspent actual infrastructure charges revenue at the beginning and end of the financial year.
  • Publish ICNs (and amended ICNs) on their websites
  • Councils required to publish LGIP supporting material on their website.

The Institute is currently reviewing the proposal. It requires succinct, community-friendly material so that developers and local government can appropriately and clearly inform their communities about their infrastructure achievements.

Members are asked to share their opinions and views. Please contact Institute Policy Manager Martin Zaltron via mzaltron@udiaqld.com.au.