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Office of the State 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 State Coordinator-General to help stimulate the South Australian economy.  The State 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 State Coordinator-General and Assistant Coordinators-General have also been given additional authority with respect to the Renewing our Streets and Suburbs (ROSAS) stimulus program, established by the State Government.

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.
  • Changes to the Development Regulations 2008 to enable the State Coordinator-General to assign the Development Assessment Commission (DAC) as the planning authority for any development that has been approved by the State Coordinator-General for the purposes of the Renewing our Streets and Suburbs Stimulus Program.

Certain Proposals Over $3 million

What proposals are eligible?

The State 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 State 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).

Legislation requires the State 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 State Coordinator-General?

The result of the State Coordinator-General's determination (or call-in) is that the Development Assessment Commission (DAC) is assigned as the relevant decision making authority.  It should be noted that 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 a complete development assessment process in line with the requirements of Development Act 1993 and Development Regulations 2008.

DAC’s 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 public 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 State Coordinator-General?

Renewing our Streets and Suburbs Stimulus Program

On 3 September 2015 the Development (Renewal of Social Housing) Variation Regulations were made to support the objectives of the Renewing our Streets and Suburbs Program (ROSAS).

The Renewing Our Streets and Suburbs (ROSAS) program is a collaborative approach between Renewal SA, the State Government and the private and not-for-profit sector to deliver innovative and well planned communities.

The aim of ROSAS is to revitalise our streets and suburbs by renewing all pre-1968 SA Housing Trust housing over the next 15 years, with the priority up to 2020 being those houses within 10km of the CBD. This will account for approximately 4,500 SA Housing Trust homes.

The focus is on delivering high quality urban design that provides a mix of social and affordable housing products.  The State Government’s role, through the Office of the State Coordinator-General (SCG), is to manage the development assessment process for ROSAS.  The Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure will provide technical assistance to Renewal SA in its delivery of the program.

Applications for dwellings and associated land division proposals will be lodged directly with the SCG having been assessed against a set of published performance criteria.

There will be three main streams of applications:

  • Stream 1/1A - detached, row, semi detached dwellings – 1 to 3 storeys, excluding residential flat buildings and apartments and associated land division proposals).
  • Stream 2 – 4 storeys or more, and all residential flat or apartment buildings and associated land division proposals.
  • Stream 3 – stand alone land division proposals

The checklists containing the relevant performance criteria for each stream are attached. 

If the application satisfactorily meets these criteria it will provide for a streamlined decision making process by the Development Assessment Commission. A flow chat demonstrating the process is attached.

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 5 50 Flinders Street, Adelaide SA 5000
Call: (08) 7109 7081


Office of the State Coordinator-General
Department of the Premier and Cabinet
GPO Box 2343
Adelaide SA 5001
Call: (08) 8303 2085


Renewal SA
Level 9 Riverside Centre
North Terrace, Adelaide
Call: (08) 8207 1300


Over $3 million Initiative

ROSAS Program