Independent Hearing and Assessment Panel

The NSW state government has introduced legislation requiring all councils in the greater Sydney region and Wollongong to have Independent Hearing Assessment Panels (IHAPs) in place by 1 March 2018.

The principal function of the IHAP will be to determine local development applications (DAs) that are of high value, corruption risk, sensitivity or strategic importance. The function of council as a consent authority for development applications will no longer be exercisable by the Councillors.

The IHAP established for Randwick City Council will be called the Randwick Development Assessment Panel.

Randwick Development Assessment Panel  

The Randwick Development Assessment Panel will comprise three expert members and a community member.


The chairperson and two other expert members will be appointed from a pool of experts approved by the Minister for Planning.

The Community representative will be selected from the local community. As Randwick City Council has 5 wards, multiple community representatives may be selected to ensure that all wards are represented. The chairperson will select the most appropriate community representative to vote on each matter.

Nominations for Community Representatives

Council is currently seeking nominations for community representatives.

The local community representatives should:

  • Be current residents within the local government area (LGA)
  • Have knowledge & awareness of the LGA & issues of concern to the local community
  • Be able to represent & communicate the interests of the local community
  • Have an understanding of the planning process and assessment issues (but not expected to be an expert)
  • Commit to attending the IHAP meetings and contributing constructively to the determination of applications.
  • Be willing to adhere to the IHAP code of conduct and operational procedures.

Further, it is desirable the community representatives also have:

  • relevant experience in one or more of the following areas: planning, architecture, heritage, the environment, urban design, economics, traffic and transport, law, engineering, tourism, or government and public administration.
  • the ability to communicate effectively and work in partnership with the panel.

Community representatives will be expected to attend approximately 20 meetings a year. The meetings will be held during the day with the duration dependent on the number of applications being considered. Membership of the panel is for up to three years.

The position is a part-time paid role starting March 2018. The position will be paid in accordance with rates to be set by the NSW Government. Further details will be provided on this shortly.

In accordance with the Act, Councillors, property developers and real estate agents are not eligible to be a member of the panel.

If you would like to apply, please complete the nomination form and prepare a supporting letter detailing how you meet the selection criteria.

Applications should be emailed to or posted to 30 Frances Street, Randwick NSW 2031 and must be received by Council no later than Wednesday 29 November 2017.

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