Planning Policy Unit now State Planning Office

The Planning Policy Unit (PPU) has a new name and a new home….

The Planning Policy Unit has recently moved from the Department of Justice (DOJ) to the Department of Premier and Cabinet (DPAC). The PPU is now contained in the Policy and Intergovernmental Relations Division alongside the Local Government Office, (Whole of Government) Policy Division, and the Office of Security and Emergency Management.

The physical move to Level 7 of the Executive Building, 15 Murray Street, Hobart TAS 7000 occurred on 15 December 2021.

The name change to the State Planning Office (State Planning) reflects the wider variety of work we do and the structure of the DPAC Division. The Planning portfolio of the Minister remains the same.

The relocation to DPAC provides clearer separation between State Planning and the Tasmanian Planning Commission and reduces some of the confusion around their respective roles. The PPU has, and State Planning will continue to focus on the maintenance and review of the planning system, and providing planning and policy advice, while the Commission undertakes independent statutory assessments.

The move to DPAC also recognises the important work being undertaken to deliver the Government’s planning reform agenda, which crosses all portfolios and requires a whole-of-Government perspective and inter-Agency engagement.