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Advanced development assessment

If you are a skilled professional operating in the area of Development Assessment, this five-day course is for you. Learn key themes in complex Development Assessments.

About this course

Advanced Development Assessment is designed for experienced practitioners who want to upgrade their skills to remain agile and effective in a rapidly changing planning system. The sessions are designed for experienced practitioners seeking to broaden and refresh their practical skills, consider new ideas and reflect on current approaches. This five-day course looks at managing the development assessment process and how to align with relevant community strategic plan outcomes.

Course Structure

Are you an experienced professional looking to sharpen your Development Assessment expertise?

This five-day course promotes fresh thinking to improve development assessment techniques and processes.  It explores assessment, urban design and the role of planning law and policy to develop essential skills.Immerse yourself in discussions and workshops with a strong practical focus, enabling both urban and rural practitioners to benefit from the shared knowledge and experience of fellow students, lecturers and guest speakers.

Topics covered include;

  • Current planning directions
  • Interpreting and applying planning instruments
  • Engaging communities in spatial planning
  • Relationship between strategic and development assessment planning
  • Navigating communications between state and local government authorities
  • Site, neighbourhood and environmental analysis
  • Handling the NSW Land and Environment Court


Learning Outcomes

At the end of this course you will be able to; 

  • Understand and appreciate the complexities of the strategic, legal and institutional context of development assessment.
  • Interpret and apply performance based measures using planning instruments.
  • Evaluate the benefits and issues with 'collaborative planning'.
  • Develop capability to identify and respond to key development assessment issues.
  • Undertake precinct, site and environmental analysis.
  • Evaluate and analyse urban design and development outcomes.
  • Consult and facilitate understanding and resolutions regarding complex development situations.
  • Interpret and apply judgements and principles from the Land and Environment Court and understand planning and processes to resolve issues to mitigate or avoid this avenue.


COVID-19 Information

UTS is undertaking a number of social distancing initiatives, as informed by NSW Health advice, to help reduce social interactions in support of the government’s efforts to slow the spread of COVID-19. As part of this response, some of our short courses may be postponed to a later date.

Please note however, bookings are open for all courses offered by the Institute for Public Policy and Governance (IPPG). If a course needs to be postponed, participants will have the chance to transfer to a later date, a new course or request a full refund. IPPG will also be offering a range of online or blended learning options facilitated via zoom video conferencing. If you have any questions in the interim, please do not hesitate to contact our team at

Who is this course for?

Any professional involved in the process of development assessment, for example; architects, building surveyors, developers and planners.

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