Planning Reform in South Australia
A new planning system for South Australia
Our aim is to create Australia’s best planning system – one that is effective, efficient and enabling and supports and enhances South Australia’s liveability and prosperity in ways that are ecologically sustainable, whilst simultaneously meeting the needs and expectations and reflecting the diversity of our various communities.
The Planning, Development and Infrastructure Act
Our new planning system will be delivered through the Planning, Development and Infrastructure Act 2016 (the Act) which was approved by the Governor on 21 April 2016.
Among other things, the Act provides for the establishment of the new South Australian Planning Commission, the Community Engagement Charter, new statutory instruments (including State Planning Policies, Regional Plans and the Planning and Design Code), new assessment pathways and a professional accreditation system. A user’s guide to the Act (PDF, 748 KB) is available.
To commence a coordinated and seamless implementation of the new system, a Transitional Bill has been introduced to Parliament to provide the necessary stepping stones between the current Development Act 1993 and the new Planning, Development and Infrastructure Act 2016. The Statutes Amendment (Planning, Development and Infrastructure) Bill 2016 is designed to support business as usual until each element of the new system is ready to go live, by providing clarity as to how processes commenced and rights accrued under the existing Development Act 1993 will be transitioned to the new system.
The Bill also provides for the staged introduction of the new planning tools and governance frameworks in a way that both maximises the benefits of the reform program, whilst minimising the impacts of the changes on users of the system.
- Planning, Development and Infrastructure Act 2016
- Transitional Bill as passed in the House of Assembly and received in the Legislative Council of Parliament (note, is subject to change)
- Overview of the Bill (PDF, 463 KB)
Local Heritage Reform
Local Heritage reform now has its own page, click here to access.
Transitioning to the new system
We have already commenced our journey to reform the system with the introduction of the new Planning, Development and Infrastructure Act.
The new legislation is supported by a Government commitment of $25.8 million to fund its implementation, including the introduction of a new ePlanning portal.
The Department will be supporting the transition through:
- Presentations to interest groups
- Formal Advisory Groups to assist the implementation program
- Council workshops
- Supporting secondments from local Government
- Printed materials and factsheets
- Events and seminars
- Education videos and on-line training material (as they are developed).
The implementation program cannot be achieved without the support of and genuine input from the wider planning community. To this end, we are committed to creating a range of opportunities for people to participate in the implementation process, from working with the department on secondment to contributing to workshops and think tanks, to assisting in the development and testing of our new planning instruments and processes and, finally, to providing feedback.
- Preliminary Implementation Program 2016 Fact Sheet (PDF, 359 KB) - High level fact sheet explain the overarching implementation program
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Tools that explain our new system
The following provides a series of Fact Sheets and Flow Charts that assist you in understanding our new system:
Our New System Summary
- Planning, Development and Infrastructure Act 2016
- A User's Guide to the Planning, Development and Infrastructure Act 2016 (PDF, 748 KB) - detailed information on the legislation and how it works – targeted at practitioners or people with a good understanding of the current system
- A brief overview of the new Planning, Development and Infrastructure Act 2016 (PDF, 468 KB) - a short overview of the elements of the new system
- How the Planning, Development and Infrastructure Act 2016 delivers on the Government's response to the Report of the Expert Panel on Planning Reform (PDF, 379 KB) - largely a historical reference that summarises what aspects of the Expert Panel’s recommendations were adopted in the final legislation
- Planning System Overview (PDF, 244 KB) - visual description of the new system at a glance
This includes a list of flow charts that show how the new assessment pathways will work:
- Entities Constituting Planning Authorities (PDF, 51 KB)
- Assessment Pathways - Overview (PDF, 157 KB)
- Assessment Pathways - Exempt and Accepted development (PDF, 80 KB)
- Assessment pathways - Code-assessed development (PDF, 81 KB)
- Assessment pathways - Impact assessed development (PDF, 82 KB)
This includes a summary of the process for amending planning instruments:
- Proposing and Amending Planning Instruments (PDF, 74 KB)
- Community Engagement Charter (PDF, 82 KB)
- Practice Directions (PDF, 118 KB)
- Practice Guidelines (PDF, 130 KB)
Regional Planning Frameworks
This includes a summary of regional planning frameworks including a map of the Greater Adelaide Planning Region.
- Establishment of Planning Regions (PDF, 82 KB)
- Establish Planning Agreement (PDF, 81 KB)
- Greater Adelaide Planning Region (PDF, 3871 KB)
The following provide a summary of the EFPA and how it works including maps where it applies:
- Environment and Food Production Areas (EFPA) (PDF, 82 KB)
- EFPA Map low res (PDF, 7884 KB)
- EFPA Map high resolution (PDF, 5805 KB)
The following provides a summary of how infrastructure schemes could work:
- Q&A Infrastructure Schemes (PDF, 1377 KB)
- Infrastructure Frameworks - Basic Scheme (PDF, 86 KB)
- Infrastructure Frameworks - General Scheme (PDF, 86 KB)
Email address: DPTI.Planning@sa.gov.au