Frequently Asked Questions

Priority Development Authority (PDA) Queen’s Wharf Brisbane and Planning Framework

What is a Plan of Development (PoD)


A Plan of Development (PoD) typically accompanies an application for a Material Change of Use and deals with any proposed use, and any associated Building Work or Operational Work. A PoD is prepared by an applicant and may include maps, graphics and text that collectively demonstrate how proposed uses and works will contribute towards the achievement of the Priority Development Area (PDA) vision which in the case of Queen’s Wharf Brisbane is stated in the Queen’s Wharf Brisbane PDA development scheme.

A PoD is required to be consistent with the relevant PDA vision, structural elements and relevant PDA-wide criteria, and indicates the location and function of temporary and permanent uses and structures and how these uses and structures will relate to each other. A PoD also demonstrates impacts and connections to areas adjoining the subject land.

What approval/s does DBC need to build Queen’s Wharf Brisbane?


Destination Brisbane Consortium required the Plan of Development to be approved through Economic Development Queensland.

This was achieved in December 2017. Destination Brisbane Consortium and its contractors now need to meet Compliance Assessment requirements for each package of works.

Destination Brisbane Consortium is currently undertaking the detailed design as per the Plan of Development approval. All detailed design must meet Plan of Development conditions and compliance requirements before work can occur.

What is a PDA-Associated development?


On 19 April 2016, the Queensland Parliament passed the Queen’s Wharf Brisbane Act 2016. This Act amended the Economic Development Act 2012 (the ED Act) to introduce the concept of PDA-associated development. These amendments came into effect on 27 May 2016.

On 12 March 2017 the Minister for Economic Development Queensland decided to declare three areas for PDA-associated development. This allows these proposed developments to be dealt with under the ED Act in a similar way to development within the PDA. Further information on the three declarations for Queen’s Wharf Brisbane can be found here.

What is a Priority Development Area (PDA)?


Queen’s Wharf Brisbane was declared a Priority Development Area (PDA) by the Minister for Economic Development Queensland (MEDQ) on 28 November 2014.

Declaring a PDA facilitates the planning and delivery of the Queen’s Wharf Brisbane Integrated Resort Development and establishes the necessary policy environment to support the intended development outcome for the site.

On 28 January 2016, the Queen’s Wharf Brisbane (QWB) PDA development scheme was approved by the MEDQ. The final development scheme and submissions report are available on the Department of Infrastructure, Local Government and Planning website.

Destination Brisbane Consortium’s Plan of Development was approved in December 2017.