This unit of study examines planning principles, processes and practices in Australia. Private and municipal building surveyors carry out the statutory role of ensuring that proposed building projects meet relevant compliance requirements prior to issuing building permits in accordance with planning permits. Planning and preparation required to assess planning application, assessment of planning application documentation, assessment of revised design plans and finalisation of planning permits are explored in the context of sustainability, indigenous culture and heritage, private land conservation and non-renewable natural resources.

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Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. Critically analyse and interpret relevant approving authority requirements for assessing and issuing planning applications and building permits to ensure adherence to relevant administrative processes, historical context and contemporary issues;  
  2. Critically evaluate relevant planning documentation, including drawings, for various building projects and assess applications for compliance with relevant legislation, codes, regulations and local planning authority requirements;  
  3. Formulate a final building permit for a building project, noting specific conditions and validity of each permit;  
  4. Exemplify the ability to conduct research and write reports; and  
  5. Advocate, respect and value cultural diversity and indigenous rights and develop creative solutions to contribute to a sustainable world.  


Assessment type Description Grade
Assignment Assignment 1: Planning documentation assessment (1000 words) 20%
Assignment Assignment 2: Building permit (1500 words) 30%
Research Paper Historical context and contemporary issues (2500 words) 50%

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