Monday 24 May 2021
11:00-12:30 AEST
PIA Member $45 / Non-member $60 (inc. GST)

This hands-on workshop will introduce the topic of drafting planning rules as computer code. After a brief presentation covering the theory, participants will learn to code their own simple rule evaluation program from scratch.

“There’s no reason why development building of codes and planning codes cannot be written in [computer] code, and you simply submit a cad design and it can provide for real-time approvals. That’s totally possible but we’re not doing it. But I think that’s a good goal to set.”

This is what the Australian Prime Minister said in his address to the Australian Public Service in mid-2019 when voicing strong support for the potential of the RegTech sector to demystify and speed up the implementation of legislation across the country.

Despite being on the radar of the Prime Minister, planners themselves are currently unprepared for the wide-reaching changes this technology poses for plan drafting and development assessment processes. Planners however have an important role to play to ensure that coded rules match intended planning outcomes and that transparency and human accountability is maintained in the implementation of automated assessment processes.

This workshop will provide an independent overview of the sector, covering the basic information that planners need to know when it comes to implementing plans as computer code with examples of real-life projects undertaken in New Zealand and Canadian governments. The computational concepts involved in coding legislation are simple and the session will include a practical coding exercise to ensure that participants leave the workshop feeling confident in their understanding of the technology involved.

Claire Daniel MPIA


Claire is an urban planner, programmer and spatial data scientist with broad professional experience in local government and consulting. Claire sees an urgent need for urban planners to get to grips with how technology can be used to do better planning and has recently commenced a PhD at the City Futures Research Centre, UNSW in order to devote her full attention to this cause. In addition to her research Claire is Chair of the Planning Institute of Australia PlanTech Working Group and a founding member of the Smart Cities Council ANZ Emerging Innovators.

Richard Barry MPIA


Richard is an urban planning consultant based in Sydney with expertise in statutory and strategic planning work across various sectors including place-based precinct planning utilising smart city principles, residential (greenfield and infill), mixed use, tourism and Government policy.
Through his experience to date, Richard has developed additional unique skills in providing advice on the complexity of emerging technology trends in the built environment industry and how it can be used to enhance decision making. Richard’s knowledge has been expanded through being an active participant in the Planning Institute of Australia (PIA) Plantech Working Group, and developing new Mixed Reality capabilities for Planning, Urban Design and Community Engagement projects at Urbis.