Joint Development Assessment Panel

Development Assessment Panel (DAP) applications

In 2010/2011 the State Government introduced various legislation that established the operational framework for Development Assessment Panels (DAPs) in Western Australia. DAPs came into effect on the 1 July 2011.

What is a DAP?

A DAP is an independent decision-making body that determines certain development applications in the place of the original decision maker, such as local government and/or the Western Australian Planning Commission (WAPC). DAPs comprise of independent technical experts and elected local government representatives. Applications received with the Town of Victoria Park are determined by the Metropolitan Central Joint Development Assessment Panel (MCJDAP).

DAP application types

There are three types of DAP applications:

  • mandatory applications
  • optional applications
  • applications to amend or cancel DAP determined applications.

Mandatory applications

Mandatory applications apply to proposed development that has an estimated cost of $10 million or more and is not an excluded development*. A mandatory application must be determined by a DAP and cannot be determined by a local government or the WAPC.

*NB: Excluded development means the construction of a single dwelling, fewer than ten grouped dwellings or multiple dwellings, carports, patios, outbuildings or associated incidental development.

Optional applications

Optional applications apply to proposed development that has an estimated construction cost between $2 million and $10 million in value. In this circumstance, the applicant may choose to use the DAP process or have their application determined by the Town of Victoria Park (and/or the WAPC, if applicable).

Amended or cancelled applications

There may be occasions where the DAP development approval which was granted will need to be amended in some way. For instance, following approval of a DAP application, an application may be made to the DAP seeking to:

  • extend the period in which the development has to be substantially commenced
  • amend or delete a condition of development
  • amend an aspect of the development, in a manner which does not substantially alter the development that was approved
  • cancel the approval

For applications to amend or cancel an application, written justification must be provided outlining the reasons for the request in addition to normal information requirements.

Forms and checklists

All DAP applications are lodged with the relevant local authority. See below for forms and checklists relating to DAP applications.

 See our Forms and fees page for information outlining the fee requirements.

Application process

The authority receiving the application will assess it as if it were a normal application and prepare a report containing recommendations for the DAP to consider. Once completed, the report will be forwarded to the DAP Secretariat, which will circulate it amongst the DAP members responsible for the original determination.

A meeting will be scheduled and the DAP Secretariat will circulate agenda, copies of the application and supporting documentation, together with the responsible authority's report. The agenda will be available on the DAP and relevant local authority website. DAP meetings will be open to the public, and so any interested person can attend. However, only those persons invited to give a presentation to the DAP may address the DAP during the meeting.

People who have made a submission on the application during the public advertising process and who are in attendance at the meeting may be asked to make a short presentation to the DAP on their position regarding the application. Each member of the DAP who is present at a meeting of the panel is entitled to one vote on each matter. In the event of a deadlocked vote (which may occur if one member is absent from a meeting), the person presiding (either the presiding member or the deputy presiding member) will have the power to cast the deciding vote.

Following the meeting, the minutes of the meeting will be finalised and a determination letter on the development application will be sent to the applicant.

Additional information

Further information on the development assessment panels, including procedures manuals and forms, please visit the Western Australian Planning Commission website. Any enquiries can be made to the DAP Secretariat on (08) 6551 9919 or via email:

Upcoming DAP meetings

Address: Lot 9401 Graham Farmer Freeway (51 Seabiscuit Drive), Burswood

Proposal: Residential and Mixed Use Development

Meeting date and time: Friday 11 October 2019 at 9am

Meeting Venue: Town of Victoria Park Administration Building - 99 Shepperton Road, Victoria Park

Members of the public are welcome to attend.

The Agenda for the meeting can be downloaded here(PDF, 172KB)

The Agenda Attachments are available for download from the Department of Planning's website at .

Current DAP applications

The Town is currently assessing and considering the following development applications which are to be determined by the Metropolitan Central Joint Development Assessment Panel (MCJDAP)

Current Joint Development Assessment Panel (JDAP) application list(PDF, 274KB) 

Determined DAP applications