Planning Reform in South Australia
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 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.
These plans show the boundaries of the Greater Adelaide planning region and the Environment and Food Production Areas.
- Greater Adelaide planning region [PDF 3.5MB]
- Environment and Food Production Areas [Low Resolution PDF 8MB]
- Environment and Food Production Areas [High Resolution PDF 6MB]
Questions and Answers
- Infrastructure Schemes (PDF, 631 KB)
- Proposed Environment and Food Production Area (EFPA) (PDF, 583 KB)
- Planning Reform Infrastructure Delivery Schemes - Norman Waterhouse Local Government Conference 2016 (PDF, 2.33 MB)
- A User's Guide to the Planning, Development and Infrastructure Act 2016 (PDF, 747 KB)
- A brief overview of the new Planning, Development and Infrastructure Act 2016 (PDF, 467 KB)
- Preliminary Implementation Program 2016 Fact Sheet (PDF, 358 KB)
- 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)
- Planning System Overview (PDF 222 KB)
- Community Engagement Charter (PDF, 57 KB)
- Entities Constituting Planning Authorities (PDF 55 KB)
- Proposing and Amending Planning Instruments (PDF 48 KB)
- Relevant Authorities (PDF, 57 KB)
- Establishment of Planning Regions (PDF, 57 KB)
- Establish Planning Agreement (PDF, 57KB)
- Assessment Pathways - Overview (PDF, 58 KB)
- Assessment Pathways - Exempt and Accepted development (PDF, 55 KB)
- Assessment pathways - Code-assessed development (PDF, 56 KB)
- Assessment pathways - Impact assessed development (PDF, 57 KB)
- Environment and Food Production Areas (EFPA) (PDF, 56 KB)
- Practice Directions (PDF, 94 KB)
- Practice Guidelines (PDF, 104 KB)
- Infrastructure Frameworks - Basic Scheme (PDF, 61 KB)
- Infrastructure Frameworks - General Scheme (PDF, 62 KB)
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
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.
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.
- the final report of the Expert Panel: The Planning System We Want
- the government’s response to the panel’s final report: Transforming our Planning System. (PDF, 192 KB)
- comparison of the bill to the government response (PDF, 124 KB)
Visit the Planning Reform webpagefor documents related to the initiation of the planning reforms.
- Planning Reform Policy Paper, Government of South Australia, 2014 (PDF, 911 KB)
- Urban Infill vs Greenfield Development, Infra-Plan, 2014 (PDF, 7.5 MB)
- The adequacy of Greenfield land supply in metro Adelaide - Final Report, September 2013, SGS Economics and Planning (PDF, 1.6 MB)
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.
Email address: DPTI.Planning@sa.gov.au