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LAWS13-566: Planning and Development Law


Planning and Development Law is an elective subject in undergraduate programs offered by the Faculty of Law. This subject will introduce students to interpreting planning instruments, ascertaining development rights and securing and acting on development approvals. The focus of the subject will be the development approval process under Queensland's planning legislation. However, teachings will emphasise the underlying legal principles that apply in not only Queensland but also other States and jurisdictions. With planning considerations now a core part of corporate activity, the subject will benefit both students interested in pursuing a career in this specialised area and also those interested in corporate in-house roles, the property industry and government and financial sectors.

Subject details

Type: Undergraduate Subject
Code: LAWS13-566
EFTSL: 0.125
Faculty: Faculty of Law
Credit: 10
Study areas:
  • Law
Subject fees:
  • Commencing in 2024: $4,260.00
  • Commencing in 2024: $5,730.00

Learning outcomes

  1. Appreciate the evolution and purpose of planning legislation.
  2. Be familiar with the status, core elements and approach to interpretation of planning instruments.
  3. Have an understanding of the range of planning and environmental approvals integrated into the Queensland development assessment system.
  4. Converse with the legal issues that arise in the making and processing of development applications and the implementation of development approvals.
  5. Have the ability to apply assessment and decision-making criteria to establish the planning merit of a development proposal.
  6. Have an understanding of the powers and practice of the Planning and Environment Court.

Enrolment requirements



Assumed knowledge:

Assumed knowledge is the minimum level of knowledge of a subject area that students are assumed to have acquired through previous study. It is the responsibility of students to ensure they meet the assumed knowledge expectations of the subject. Students who do not possess this prior knowledge are strongly recommended against enrolling and do so at their own risk. No concessions will be made for students’ lack of prior knowledge.

Assumed Prior Learning (or equivalent):


Students must be admitted into a Bachelor law degree or Bachelor of Laws combined degree or SD-90004 - Bachelor of Sustainable Environments and Planning or be an approved Law Study Abroad OR Law exchange student.

This subject is not available as a general elective. To be eligible for enrolment, the subject must be specified in the students’ program structure.