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Independent Hearing & Assessment Panel

Expressions of Interest 

We are looking for people for part-time appointment to Council's IHAP. The IHAP holds public meetings to discuss and consider certain development applications and act as the consent authority on behalf of Council. For each meeting three (3) experts and one (1) community representative will be drawn from a pool of appointed panel members.

Selection Criteria

  • Be current residents within Wollongong Local Government Area
  • Have a knowledge and awareness of community issues
  • Be able to represent and communicate community interests
  • Have an understanding of the planning process
  • Contribute constructively to IHAP discussions
  • Willing to adhere to code of conduct and operational procedures

Please note mayors, councillors, property developers or real estate agents are not eligible to apply.

Training will be provided regarding planning processes, meeting procedures and expected behaviour.

All panel members will be paid on a per meeting basis.

Existing members will be considered and need not apply.

Applications should be in writing addressing the above selection criteria. Envelopes to be marked "IHAP APPLICATION - PRIVATE AND CONFIDENTIAL" and addressed to the IHAP Co-ordinator, Lauren Wilson (4227 7285), Locked Bag 8821, Wollongong NSW 2500 or via email to​

Applications closed 5.00pm on Friday 2 February 2018. Previous applicants will be considered for this role and need not re-apply.


The Independent Hearing and Assessment Panel was originally established by Council in 2008 to provide an independent hearing forum for objectors and applicants on certain applications. This IHAP was an advisory panel only making recommendations to Council.

The IHAP became a mandatory panel on 14 August 2017 with the assent of the Environmental Planning and Assessment and Electoral Legislation Amendment (Planning Panels and Enforcement) Bill 2017. The purpose of the Bill was to require Council to constitute an IHAP which now has determination power.

The IHAP or Council staff under delegation will now exercise the consent authority functions of Council, Councillors are not permitted to exercise consent authority functions.

The IHAP will also have the function of advising on planning proposals that are referred to the panel by Council (or at the direction of the Minister), and to advise Council on any other planning or development matter that is to be determined by Council and that is referred to the panel by the council.

The IHAP panel will continue to provide an independent assessment of particular development applications and  determine applications.

The  IHAP continues  to provide:

  • increased transparency, integrity and confidence in the development application assessment process
  • an independent hearing forum for objectors and applicants with an increased sense of involvement in the outcomes of the assessment process.


IHAP Agenda Items and Meeting Outcomes

IHAP agenda items and minutes are located under Council's meetings section of this website.