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Office of the Coordinator-General

State Coordinator-General to drive investment, cut red tape and create jobs

What is the role of the State Coordinator-General? 

The Government has expanded the role of the Coordinator-General to help stimulate the South Australian economy.  The Coordinator-General, Mr James Hallion, has taken on a new private sector development coordination role to assist proposals with an investment value of over $3 million of economic significance.

The Coordinator-General role is supported by the following changes:

  • Changes to the Development Regulations 2008 to enable the Coordinator-General to assign the Development Assessment Commission (DAC) as the planning authority for certain proposals over $3 million.
  • Expansion of the DPTI Case Management Service to assist proponents in navigating the planning and development system.
  • Establishment of a cross government Task Force that includes senior decision makers from key land use agencies.  The Task Force will be used to address any blockages that may be occurring with State Government agencies.

What proposals are eligible?

The Coordinator-General will offer case management to all investment proposals with a construction value of $3 million and above. Some proposals may also be ‘called-in’ for assessment by the Development Assessment Commission where the following requirements are met:

  • The proposal exceeds $3 million in value; and
  • The Coordinator-General determines that the development is of economic significance to the state, or would be best assessed under a scheme established by the Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure (Department).

The Regulation requires the Coordinator-General to advise, in writing, the proponent and relevant council or regional development assessment panel of any determination to call in a proposal. Should a proposal be called in under section 20 of Schedule 10, the relevant council will be provided an opportunity to formally comment.

What is the process for a proposal once it is called-in by the Coordinator-General?

The result of the Coordinator-General calling-in a proposal is that the Development Assessment Commission (DAC) is assigned as the relevant decision making authority.  Noteworthy, at this stage the proposal has not been given development approval or any assurances of a favourable outcome.  The proposal is still required to go through the full development assessment process in line with the requirements of Development Act 1993 and Development Regulations 2008.

DAC’s development assessment process is generally consistent with a Council’s processes, both being governed by the Development Act 1993 and Development Regulations 2008.  In all cases, applications are assessed against the Development Plan established for the Council area where the development is proposed to be undertaken.

As part of the assessment process, the application will be referred to Council for a period of 6 weeks within which time Council may make comment in relation to their specific areas of expertise or in a general sense.  Additional to this, any prescribed referral to State agencies will also take place.  Public notification may also occur, in accordance with the Act and Regulations, to provide a means of raising issues or concerns related to planning matters. 

Where notification is required it will be either Category 2 (a letter sent to adjoining owners or occupiers of land inviting comment, with no statutory appeal rights) or Category 3 (a letter sent to adjoining owners or occupiers of land and other affected properties in the locality plus a notice in a newspaper inviting comment).  The latter has statutory appeal rights.

The time taken to determine an application is dependent upon a range of factors including whether the application needs to be publicly notified, whether State agencies need to be consulted, the complexity of the application and the nature of any issues raised and potential additional information required.

How many proposals have been referred to the Coordinator-General?

Unsolicited Proposals

Guidelines for the assessment of Unsolicited Proposals have been developed to assist businesses and not-for-profit organisations with proposals that have not been formally requested by government. 

Contact Information

DPTI Case Management Team
Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure
Level 6, Roma Mitchell House
136 North Terrace, Adelaide
Call: (08) 7109 7081

Office of the State Coordinator-General
Department of the Premier and Cabinet
Level 9
131 Grenfell Street, Adelaide 
Call: (08) 8303 2080