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Clause 20 of Schedule 10 of the Development Regulations 2008 has been amended.  Under the new clause, the State Coordinator-General, Jim Hallion, can assign a development to the State Commission Assessment Panel (SCAP) for assessment, when capital works for all stages of the development either:

  • exceed $5 million in Metropolitan Adelaide, or
  • exceed $3 million outside Metropolitan Adelaide

The proposal must satisfy the criteria prescribed in Schedule 10 of the Development Regulations 2008 but excludes development solely for residential purposes.

Proposed developments which include purpose-built student accommodation, aged care or serviced accommodation, industrial, commercial or retail uses can be considered if the works exceed the threshold values.

Guidelines for applications to the State Coordinator-General and a ‘call-in’ checklist are available.

Other legislative changes have further supported the Premier’s vision to coordinate private sector developments by enabling the State Coordinator-General to do the following:

  • assign SCAP as the planning authority for developments exceeding $5 million in Metropolitan Adelaide or exceeding $3 million outside Metropolitan Adelaide
  • assign SCAP as the planning authority for developments approved by the State Coordinator-General for the purposes of the Renewing our Streets and Suburbs Stimulus Program
  • expand the Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure’s Case Management Service to assist developers in navigating the planning and development process.

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 State Commission Assessment Panel 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.

SCAP'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.

Contact Information

DPTI Case Management Team
Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure
Level 5 50 Flinders Street, Adelaide SA 5000
Call: 1800 752 664 (Option 3)
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


ROSAS Program