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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
    • Print Materials
      • Welcome letter
    • Online Materials
      • Online Assessment
      • Resources and Links
      • Printable format materials

At the completion of this subject student 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 and development legislation vis a vis Locally, Nationally and Internationally
  3. explain and critically reflect on legislation affecting the development process Locally, Nationally and Internationally
  4. explain the nature of development policies and assess their impact on development practice in different jurisdictions.
  • Assignment 1 - Tutorial (30%)
  • Assignment 2 - Invigilated Exam (40%)
  • Assignment 3 - Essay (30%)

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 development industry activity within the spheres of government. Introduction to the development industry and related law and its interpretation in planning and development practice.

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