About Us

The Environment, Planning and Sustainable Development Directorate consolidates ACT planning with a strong commitment to respond to climate change and protecting the environment.

The Directorate was established to:

  • plan for Canberra’s future growth to a fully sustainable city and economy
  • enable a dedicated and clear focus on meeting the challenges of climate change
  • enact the Government’s vision to become the solar capital of Australia

The Directorate’s environmental responsibility is to develop and oversee a range of nation-leading environmental policies and programs. We work with the Commonwealth and other jurisdictions to address climate change, environment protection and water and energy security. We also work closely with the entire community to address the impacts in our region.

The Directorate plays a critical role in delivering the government’s commitment to a sustainable future. Through this portfolio, the Government will provide the leadership required to address climate change, to stimulate the growth of the green economy, to encourage innovation and investment in renewable energy and to protect and conserve our environment and water resources. True triple bottom line analysis will underpin our work with all agencies so that outcomes in this area are coordinated and maximised.

The Directorate’s planning responsibilities include the planning and land authority's (formerly ACTPLA) management of development assessment under the Planning and Development Act 2007. The Authority also administers the Territory Plan which provides the policy framework for the administration of planning in the ACT. The Directorates other planning related functions include building regulation, leasing, land information, planning based research, and street and suburb name information.

To find out more about the work of our Directorate to date, view our Annual Report.

Corporate Plan

The Corporate Plan 2015-2017 sets the direction and priorities for the Environment and Planning Directorate.

Our Vision

The ACT Government’s vision for Canberra is:

Canberra will be recognised throughout the world as a truly sustainable and creative city; as a community that is socially inclusive – acknowledging and supporting those who are vulnerable and in need and enabling all to reach their full potential; as a centre of economic growth and innovation; as the proud capital of the nation and home of its pre-eminent cultural institutions; as a place of great natural beauty.

Our Ministers

Minister Mick Gentleman MLA is the Minister with responsibility for the environment and heritage as well as planning and land management. Minister Gentleman’s responsibilities encompass the Environment division, Strategic Planning division and Planning Delivery division.

Minister Gentleman’s website

Minister Shane Rattenbury MLA is the Minister with responsibility for Climate Change and Sustainability. Minister Rattenbury’s responsibilities encompass the Sustainability and Climate Change division.

Minister Rattenbury’s website

Key Staff of the Directorate
Director-GeneralBen Ponton
Deputy Director-General Chief Operating OfficerGary Rake
Office of the Commissioner for Sustainability and the EnvironmentKate Auty
Executive Director Planning DeliveryBrett Phillips
Executive Director Strategic PlanningTony Carmichael
Executive Director Sustainability and Climate ChangeStephen Bygrave
Executive Director EnvironmentAnnie Lane
Director Finance and Operational SupportBruce Fitzgerald

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ACT Public Service Administrative and Related Classifications Enterprise Agreement 2013 - 2017

ACT Public Sector Infrastructure Services Enterprise Agreement 2013 - 2017

ACT Public Sector Technical and Other Professional Enterprise Agreement 2013 - 2017