About Us

The Environment, Planning and Sustainable Development Directorate aims to lead the nation in achieving sustainable outcomes; to be a ‘liveable and sustainable city’. The Directorate is responsible for developing and implementing a wide range of policies and programs across city planning and development, climate change and the environment. There are two divisions within the Directorate dedicated to the delivery of positive environment outcomes for the Territory. These are:

  • the Environment Division is responsible for heritage, conservation research, nature conservation policy, catchment management and water policy and environment protection policy, and includes the ACT Parks and Conservation Service
  • the Climate Change and Sustainability Division is responsible for delivering 100% renewable electricity by 2020, carbon neutrality by 2050 at the latest, and climate adaptation actions. The Actsmart program, Energy Efficiency Improvement Scheme and Carbon Neutral Government programs deliver on-the-ground energy savings.

The Directorate’s planning responsibilities include the planning and land authority's 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, lan information, planning based research, street and suburb name information, land development projects and planning policy including the Asbestos Response Taskforce and Public Housing Renewal Taskforce.

For more information on the planning arm of our directorate please visit www.planning.act.gov.au
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, Planning and Sustainable Development Directorate.

Our Vision

The ACT Government’s vision is for Canberra to be recognised throughout the world as:

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

Our Ministers

Our directorate reports to three ACT Ministers. These are:

Directorate Executive  Team

Title

Name

Director-General and ACT Chief Planner

Ben Ponton

Deputy Director-General, Land Strategy and Environment

Geoffrey Rutledge (acting)

Deputy Director-General, Sustainability and the Built Environment

Brett Phillips (acting)

Chief Operating Officer

Chris Reynolds

Office of the Commissioner for Sustainability and the Environment

Kate Auty

Executive Director, Land Supply and Policy

Vacant

Executive Director, Planning Policy

Fleur Flanery

Executive Director, Environment and Conservator for flora and fauna

Daniel Iglesias (acting)

Executive Director, Urban Renewal

Bruce Fitzgerald (acting)

Executive Director, Planning Delivery

Vacant

Executive Director, Climate Change and Sustainability

Stephen Bygrave

Director, Finance, Information and Assets

Gary Spencer (acting)

Organisation Chart

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