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Subject details

  • Topics
    • Federal System of Government
    • Structure and Operation of Australian Federal and State Parliaments
    • Australian Political Parties and Pressure Groups
    • Social Media Influence; and the Public Service/Sector in Australia
    • Local Government History
    • Local Government Finance
    • Community Power
    • Developer Power
    • International Governance Perspectives/Comparisons
    • Planning and Governance
    • Planning Decision Making
    • Planning Practice and Professional Ethics
  • Study resources
    • Instructional Methods
      • Disscusion forum/Discussion Board
      • Online assignment submission
      • Standard Media
      • Web links
    • Online Materials
      • Audio-Video streaming
      • Resources and Links
      • Printable format materials
      • Online Assessment

At the completion of this subject students will be able to:

  1. describe the structure, character, organisation and operation of different levels of government in Australia
  2. describe the principles behind and the content of current planning legislation, particularly in Western Australia
  3. explain the relationship between planning and other legislation affecting the development process
  4. explain the nature and impact of planning policy on planning practice.
  • Assignment 1 - Essay (30%)
  • Assignment 2 - Tutorial Presentation (30%)
  • Assignment 3 - Invigilated Exam (40%)

Textbooks are subject to change within the academic year. Students are advised to purchase their books no earlier than one to two months before the start of a subject

No eligibility requirements

Special requirements

No special requirements

Governance in Australia - Federal, State and Local Government. The location of planning activity within the spheres of government. Introduction to planning and related law and its interpretation in planning and development practice.

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