State Government Infrastructure Charges cap and SARA fee increases

Infrastructure Charges cap up 2.9% and State Agency Referral Assessment (SARA) fees and tribunal fees increased by 1.8%.

Released today, the Planning Legislation (Fees and Other Amounts) Amendment Regulation 2020 updates a range of fees and charges in the Planning Regulation 2017 and the RPI Regulation 2014 to reflect annual indexation increases.

Prescribed infrastructure charges (maximum charge) within schedule 16 of the Planning Regulation 2017 have been adjusted to account for the latest producer price index for construction 6427.0, index number 3101 – Road and Bridge construction index for Queensland, published by the Australia Bureau of Statistics. This equates to approximately a 2.9% increase.

The new prescribed amount for two or less bedrooms rises to $21,590.50 (previous $20,956.80) and three or more bedrooms will be $30,226.70 (up from $29,339.55).

The Regional Planning Interests Regulation will also see an increase of 1.8% to the assessment application fees and mitigation values.

UDIA Queensland is seeking clarity from Queensland Treasury on the reason for the price increase, given the very difficult economic conditions our members are currently facing and the additional cost impost on home buyers.

If members have any questions, please contact the Queensland Treasury’s Planning Group via email.