DAP in review
DAP regulations came into effect on 1 July 2011. The DAP model claimed there would be greater transparency, consistency and reliability. In a paper presented at a conference at the UWA, the presenter and author Mr Ian MacRae, the LGPA President, concluded:
In coming to his conclusions, Mr MacRae highlighted a number of issues:
- less transparency. The general public was not informed of meetings.
- more costs. Estimated to be $1million over 12 months
- less efficiency. One meeting per DA compared to Local Govt having one meeting to hear ten to twenty DAs at a time
- slower decisions. The process doesn’t allow for delegated authority to occur with development over $7million. The Pilbara has accounted for a third of all DAP applications because it is costly to build there.