In 2009, the Australian Government committed $30 million from the $512 million Housing Affordability Fund (HAF) to develop IT infrastructure and software needed in each State and Territory to implement electronic development assessment (eDA) systems nationally. The primary aim was to improve housing affordability by reducing the holding costs and speeding up planning decisions, thereby lowering the cost of building new homes.
Of this funding, the Commonwealth Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs (FaHCSIA), provided $5.92 million of funding to the Department of Planning (now Department of Planning & Environment) for the Electronic Housing Code (EHC) pilot project.
This pilot project, a partnership between the Department and the Local Government NSW, developed a shared, integrated platform for the end-to-end processing of complying development applications under the NSW General Housing Code for lots 200m2 and above.
The Electronic Housing Code system was officially launched by the Minister for Planning & Infrastructure, the Honourable Brad Hazzard MP, on the 28th October 2011 at the site of the first complying development application to be lodged through the system.