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Planning Reform in South Australia

Renewing our planning system

Planning, Development and Infrastructure Bill 2015

A better planning system is a key ingredient for economic success and continuing social progress. It is at the heart of the South Australian government’s agenda to unlock our state’s untapped potential by facilitating high-quality development and attracting investment.

The government has therefore introduced the Planning, Development and Infrastructure Bill 2015 to the South Australian parliament.

The Bill

The Planning, Development and Infrastructure Act 2016 was assented to on 21 April 2016 after being passed by the Parliament of South Australia.

A copy of the Act is available on the Legislation SA website.

Supporting documentation including the Second Reading Speech and Hansard can be found on the Parliament SA website.

The Act will be brought into operation, in stages, over the next three to five years.

Further information about the Planning, Development and Infrastructure Act 2016, interpretive materials and the implementation process will be available from this website which will be progressively updated.

Official plans

These plans show the boundaries of the Greater Adelaide planning region and the Environment and Food Production Areas.

Questions and Answers


Fact sheets


Benefits of the reforms

Currently being updated

A regulatory impact statement has been independently undertaken and suggests significant economic benefits could be derived from the reforms.

Technical information for planning practitioners

Currently being updated

Next steps

A second bill dealing with implementation measures and to related amendments to other Acts is currently under development.

The existing planning system will continue to operate during implementation, which will take three to five years due to the far-reaching nature of the reforms.

Ongoing consultation

The government will continue to consult with the community and stakeholders while the bill is debated and during implementation of the reforms.

Background to the bill

In February 2013 the government appointed an Expert Panel on Planning Reform to review the state’s planning legislation and system. the bill responds to the recommendations made by the panel.

Visit the Planning Reform webpage for documents related to the initiation of the planning reforms.

Background documents

Local Heritage Planning Reform

We are now seeking your views on a discussion paper, which has been prepared to encourage high-level ideas and feedback from experts and practitioners involved in local heritage practice and to inform the preparation of a future Local Heritage Bill.

A copy of the Local Heritage Discussion Paper can be found here.

A copy of the Local Heritage Discussion Paper Fact Sheet can be found here.

We’ve been pleased to hear the significant interest in planning reform with respect to local heritage matters.  As such, the consultation period has been extended for an additional 4 weeks and submissions will be received up until 7 October, 2016.

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