Under the Queensland Integrated Planning Act 1997 the 120 Queensland local governments had until 30 March 2003 to adopt new planning schemes prepared under the Act. Further, from 30 March 2003 (or earlier in certain circumstances) a local government will be prohibited from imposing a condition on a development approval which requires monetary payment for the capital, operating and maintenance costs of, or works to be carried out for community infrastructure (eg. transport, water supply, sewerage and public recreation infrastructure). A local government’s power to charge for infrastructure will be primarily limited to charges imposed in accordance with an Infrastructure Charges Plan (ICP) a radical new mechanism for charging for the supply of essential infrastructure in Queensland.
It is similar to a Developer Contribution Plan (DCP) in Victoria.