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State Coordinator-General Case Management

The State Coordinator-General works actively to drive investment in South Australia by creating an environment that welcomes private sector development and stimulates job creation.

Clause 20 of Schedule 10 of the Development Regulations 2008 gives powers to the State Coordinator-General, Tony Braxton-Smith, to appoint the State Planning Commission as the relevant planning authority.

Proposed developments must satisfy the criteria prescribed in Schedule 10:

  • exceeds $5 million in Metropolitan Adelaide, or
  • exceeds $3 million outside Metropolitan Adelaide
    (threshold values).

Proposed developments including purpose-built student accommodation, aged care or serviced accommodation, industrial, commercial or retail uses can be considered if the works exceed the threshold values. Development solely for a prescribed residential purpose is excluded.

Proposed developments called-in by the State Coordinator-General

The call-in process

The result of the State Coordinator-General's determination (or call-in) is that the State Planning Commission is assigned as the relevant decision making authority. 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.

The State Planning Commission'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.

Renewing our Streets and Suburbs (ROSAS) 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, 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 State Coordinator-General 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

Application documents


Coordinator-General Team
Mr. Graeme Jackson
Director, Legal and Statutory Services
Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure
Level 7, 50 Flinders Street  ADELAIDE  SA  5000

Page last modified Monday, 23 December 2019