ATS Tracking is the digital tool used to create and track the status of a planning scheme amendment and submit a planning scheme  amendment to the Department. You can view the stages of the amendment via ATS Tracking.

ATS Authoring is the digital tool that enables planning authorities to draft and amend planning scheme ordinance.

You must have an ATS tracking login to access ATS Tracking.

Login to  ATS Tracking.

If you do not have ATS Tracking login details, please contact your Council Administrator who will be able to set up your access.


When the Council Administrator creates an ATS tracking log in, they then email a request to enable access to ATS Authoring.

If you don't have ATS Authoring login details, please contact your Council Administrator.


Planning authorities will still need to generate documents outside of the ATS system in Word and the existing naming conventions for files must be used for uploaded files.

Templates can be obtain on the Amending a planning scheme webpage.

ATS Tracking


The amendment numbers generated by the ATS Tracking and can only be used once.


If you cannot see your amendment number in ATS Tracking you will need to regenerate a new amendment number.


The Amendment Instruction Sheet is a word document that forms part of the Amendment package. The Instruction Sheet lists both Ordinances and Maps that is affected by the amendment.

The Instruction list is created in ATS Tracking to generate the relevant ordinances that are required to edit in ATS Authoring and does not include Amendment Maps. If you are preparing an amendment that only affects Maps you do not need to create an Instruction list in ATS Tracking.

  • DELETE a Schedule, will automatically include all Schedule Sections to be deleted. Therefore you do not need to list all  Schedule Sections to be deleted.
  • DELETE a Sub-Clause that is contained between Sub-Clause ranges of 20 and above, will automatically include all Sub-Clause Sections to be deleted. Therefore you do not need to list all Sub-Clause Sections to be deleted. 
  • DELETE a Sub-Clause that is contained in the Sub-Clause range of 10’s will not delete the Sub-Clause sections that linked as part of that Sub-Clause . Therefore you must list all Sub-Clause Sections that need to be deleted.

When adding Instruction Items to the Instruction List, the system performs a validation check of all items in the listing.  If duplicated Instruction Items are found, for example two modify actions of the same ordinance, or if one modify action of an ordinance and then another action in the list to delete the same ordinance is found, a validation error will be appear on the screen.  The user is guided by the alert message and can use the ID field to work out which Instruction Items are causing the conflict. 

Instruction List Validation

Any conflicting items will need to be removed. (Select Choose Action and Remove).  Be careful when removing items!  If you've made authoring changes already to the ordinance, all changes will be lost once the item is removed from the Instruction List.

Once the conflicting item is removed, the user should be able to select Submit to ATS Authoring so that the amendment document will be updated with the latest Instruction Items from the Instruction List form.

Check the online guide, How to create and edit an Instruction List or the Module 2 video from the ATS Learning videos for further information.

From August 2020, users can now choose to submit their amendment as Draft to the department for review.  This will allow the assigned department Planner to review the amendment document in ATS Authoring (Keystone) and to assist where required.

To do this, locate the amendment number from the Amendment Listing screen and select Choose Action and Submit as Draft.

amendment submit as draft

Once the department Planner has reviewed the amendment document, they will return the amendment back to the Planning Authority and the contact will receive an email from the assigned Planner.

ATS Authoring

The interim publish function allows a registered user who is drafting amendment provisions to view and create a PDF in final form.

It will:

  • Produce a PDF of the draft provisions to show how the amendments would look in the final publication. Useful for exhibition of an amendment or for attaching draft provisions to reports
  • Create a draft provision in context with the whole provision. For example, if the amendment only modifies words in Section 3.0 of a local Schedule the PDF will show the whole schedule based on the current, master copy of the planning scheme and include the draft changes
  • Allow users to create a ‘clean’ and also a ‘tracked changes’ version of the provisions to allow users to see differences in provisions.

You can view our video How to run an Interim Publish process (Final Form) with 'compare' feature to assist you with this function.

Log into Interim Publish.

You can view and create a PDF in final form by using the Interim Publish function.

This function provides the capability of seeing how amendments look in the final publication and is useful for exhibiting amendments or for attaching to reports.

You can view our video How to run an Interim Publish process (Final Form) with 'compare' feature to assist you with this function.

Log into Interim Publish.

If the 'compare' feature is selected when running Interim Publish for the amendment, the user will see their tracked changes.

  • Red denotes items that have been deleted
  • Green denotes items that have been added
  • Blue denotes formatting changes

Below is an example:

Track changes colours scheme

The system we use to author amendments is one that is also used by other companies around the world and there are a number of features and functions that appear available to be used in ATS Authoring however you will not be able to access these due to the configuration of the system for our specific use.

The system we use to author amendments is one that is also used by other companies around the world. There may be times that the software vendor is applying a feature change to the software but in a number of cases may not affect your workflow.  We suggest reading the pop-up and selecting “Got-it” to clear.

The three table styles used to format tables in an amendment document are Default, Style 1 or Style 2.

The format you see whilst editing the document may appear different when printed. Therefore it's important you use the Publish PDF (RGB) (Available on the Publish tab) to see your amendment in PDF form.

You can watch our video on how to work with tables in Module four of our ATS Learning Videos

The image below shows what each table style will look like when in PDF form;sample of different table styles

Layout function

If the width of your table extends beyond the page width when printed, you can use the Layout function.

Step one: ensure you select the entire table by click on the + icon locate at top left of table.

Step two: select Layout, Click on Table Width and from the dropdown, select 100%.

Table formatting

Any other questions?

If you can't find the answer to your question above or within our quick reference guides, please contact:

Email: or
☎ Phone: Planning Support on 1800 789 386 and press option 1.

Page last updated: 12/08/20