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Unit Overview

This unit is designed to provide students with an overview of the key legislative frameworks—planning law, land law and administrative law—that guide the Western Australian (WA) planning system. More specifically, the unit examines a range of issues including (1) the West Australian Planning and Development Act 2005; (2) Torrens land system; (3) land subdivision; (4) planning schemes; (5) the development approval process; (6) planning enforcement and approvals; and (7) administrative law as it relates to contracts, torts and insurance. These various legal contexts provide the foundations of professional planning practice.
6 points
Not available in 2024UWA (Perth)Face to face

Students are able to (1) demonstrate a general understanding of the broad planning law framework within WA, especially in relation to planning schemes, development control and subdivision matters; (2) demonstrate an understanding of the legal and planning administrative processes that underpin the formulation and assessment of planning schemes and their amendment as well as development and subdivision applications; and (3) undertake general planning administration duties as they relate to planning schemes, development assessment and/or subdivision applications when on professional planning practicum.


Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) three planning law quizzes (10 per cent each); (2) a seminar/discussion paper; and (3) an examination—multiple-choice and short answer questions. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Student may be offered supplementary assessment in this unit if they meet the eligibility criteria.

Unit Coordinator(s)
Dr Linda Robson
Unit rules
EART4413 Principles of Land Development and Control
Contact hours
4 hours per week. The total workload for the unit is 150 hours.

Planning Law Handbook (purchase directly from Adjunct Prof. Denis McLeod)

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