The Resource Management and Planning Appeal Tribunal is an independent statutory body established by the Resource Management and Planning Appeal Tribunal Act 1993. It hears and determines a broad range of appeals and applications from over 20 statutes. Under Section 5(3) of the Resource Management and Planning Appeal Tribunal Act 1993, the Tribunal is part of the State’s resource management and planning system. The objectives of that system are incorporated into the Resource Management and Planning Appeal Tribunal Act 1993 under Schedule 1 and those objectives are:
- promote the sustainable development of natural and physical resources and the maintenance of ecological processes and genetic diversity;
- provide for the fair, orderly and sustainable use and development of air, land and water;
- encourage public involvement in resource management and planning;
- facilitate economic development in accordance with these objectives; and
- promote the sharing of responsibility for resource management and planning between the different spheres of Government, the community and industry in Tasmania.
The Resource Management and Planning Appeal Tribunal Registry is also the premises of the Registry for the Forest Practices Tribunal (see Section 35(1) of the Forest Practices Act 1985).