As a key component of planning reform in Western Australia, Development Assessment Panels (DAPs) are intended to enhance planning expertise in decision making by improving the balance between technical advice and local knowledge.
Each DAP consists of five panel members, three being specialist members and two local government councillors.
Under the DAP regulations, each DAP will determine development applications that meet set type and value thresholds as if it were the responsible authority under the relevant planning instrument, such as the local planning scheme or region planning scheme. The DAP regulations state that DAP applications cannot be determined by local government or the Western Australian Planning Commission (WAPC).
The role of DAP members is to determine development applications within a certain type and value threshold through consistent, accountable and professional decision-making.
There are two different types of DAPs:
1. Local Development Assessment Panels (LDAPs)
A LDAP only has one local government within its boundary area. A LDAP is established to service a single local government, where it is deemed to be a high-growth local government with enough development to support its own DAP. There is currently only one LDAP for the City of Perth.
2. Joint Development Assessment Panels (JDAPs)
JDAPs are established to service two or more local governments. There are 8 JDAPs in Western Australia. The Shire of Kojonup is serviced by the Southern JDAP.