Millions are being spent to help NSW councils switch to digital planning application processing.

The NSW Government is investing $4.8 million to help regional councils develop digital planning platforms. 

The money is available through the Regional Digital Planning Program.

“We’ve seen more than 55,000 development applications submitted through the e-planning system since councils started coming online in December 2018 which represents more than $82 billion worth of potential investment value for NSW,” Minister for Planning and Public Spaces Rob Stokes said.

“This real-time reporting is also significantly boosting transparency and accountability in the planning system, allowing everyone to know what’s been lodged and why a decision was made.”

Minister for Local Government Shelley Hancock said the funding is available to help all regional councils better support their communities.

“We’ve listened to regional councils who need some support implementing the e-planning platform which will ultimately make for a more simplified and transparent planning system right across the State,” Mrs Hancock said.

“Some regional councils are still completely paper-based, while others would like to provide better support for residents who may have limited digital literacy or access to the internet. This grant program was designed to help out in these situations.”

Each of the 95 regional councils and the Lord Howe Island Board have the opportunity to receive a grant of $50,000 to assist with their transition to the Planning Portal. 

The funding will help regional councils acquire new or upgrade existing IT systems, software and infrastructure and provide council staff the resources and knowledge needed to use the system.

Applications are open until July 1. More information is available here.