An overview of the regulatory planning system in New South Wales: identifying points of intervention for health impact assessment and consideration of health impacts

N S W Public Health Bull. Sep-Oct 2007;18(9-10):188-91. doi: 10.1071/nb07073a.


The experience of health impact assessment (HIA) in NSW has shown that it is possible to incorporate considerations of health impacts into decision-making concerning urban planning. In NSW, the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979 is the regulatory framework governing urban planning. This legislative system provides opportunities for HIA and the consideration of health impacts as part of developing plans, policies and development proposals within NSW.

MeSH terms

  • City Planning*
  • Decision Making
  • Environment*
  • Government Regulation*
  • Health Planning
  • Health Policy*
  • Health Status
  • Humans
  • New South Wales
  • Public Health*
  • Technology Assessment, Biomedical*