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Unit Overview


This unit is designed to provide students with an overview of the key statutory (legal) and related non-statutory planning frameworks, planning instruments, procedures and processes associated with the WA planning system at both the local and state government levels. Specifically, this unit examines a range of issues including (1) defining statutory planning; (2) the historical evolution of the statutory planning system and key instruments in WA; (3) the land tenure system and its implications for planning; (4) land subdivision and strata subdivision (5) the development, function and purpose of planning schemes; (6) the development approval processes; (7) planning for housing including the residential design codes; (8) planning issues relating to retailing, transport, urban design and other matters; and (9) regional planning. These various aspects of planning provide the foundations of professional planning practice, particularly within the domain of statutory planning which is the implementing arm of local and state planning.

6 points
Not available in 2024UWA (Perth)Face to face
Not available in 2024OnlineOnline timetabled

Students are able to (1) demonstrate an understanding of the broad administrative planning frameworks and instruments within WA, especially in relation to planning schemes, development control and subdivision matters; (2) demonstrate an understanding of the function, role and relationship between state and local government planning agencies within the WA planning system; and (3) undertake graduate-level planning administration duties as they relate to planning schemes, development assessment and/or subdivision applications within local and/or state government.


Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) tests: two statutory planning quizzes (10 per cent each) and a major end of unit test (30 percent); (2) discussion report (25 per cent); and (3) due diligence report (25 per cent). 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
Contact hours
4 hours per week. The total workload for the unit is 150 hours.
Any students needing this unit to complete their course will need to complete the unit in semester 1, 2022.
  • The availability of units in Semester 1, 2, etc. was correct at the time of publication but may be subject to change.
  • All students are responsible for identifying when they need assistance to improve their academic learning, research, English language and numeracy skills; seeking out the services and resources available to help them; and applying what they learn. Students are encouraged to register for free online support through GETSmart; to help themselves to the extensive range of resources on UWA's STUDYSmarter website; and to participate in WRITESmart and (ma+hs)Smart drop-ins and workshops.
  • Unit readings, including any essential textbooks, are listed in the unit outline for each unit, one week prior the commencement of study. The unit outline will be available via the LMS and the UWA Handbook one week prior the commencement of study. Reading lists and essential textbooks are subject to change each semester. Information on essential textbooks will also be made available on the Essential Textbooks. This website is updated regularly in the lead up to semester so content may change. It is recommended that students purchase essential textbooks for convenience due to the frequency with which they will be required during the unit. A limited number of textbooks will be made available from the Library in print and will also be made available online wherever possible. Essential textbooks can be purchased from the commercial vendors to secure the best deal. The Student Guild can provide assistance on where to purchase books if required. Books can be purchased second hand at the Guild Secondhand bookshop (second floor, Guild Village), which is located on campus.
  • Contact hours provide an indication of the type and extent of in-class activities this unit may contain. The total amount of student work (including contact hours, assessment time, and self-study) will approximate 150 hours per 6 credit points.