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Collaboration is essential in transitioning to our new planning system

We have begun the biggest modernisation of South Australia’s planning system in 20 years.

Our new legislation, the Planning, Development and Infrastructure Act 2016 (PDI Act 2016), is supported by a Government commitment of $25.8 million to fund its implementation including ePlanning.


While enhancing a system of this significance requires careful planning and supported progressive delivery over a number of years, some key aspects have been completed and others have begun:


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Introducing the new planning system will require close collaboration and coordination between councils and the Department.

To facilitate this, the Department has established a Transition Team – a group of experienced planning officers who will work closely with councils to support them as they navigate their way through the change between systems.

Each council has been appointed a dedicated Transition Manager who will act as a single point of contact. Their role will be to assist councils to implement relevant components of the new Act; in particular, the state-wide Planning and Design Code.

The process will be managed through a Collaborative Work Program – an agreement between the Department and councils that identifies tasks and milestones for collaboration in implementing the new system.

This will enable council staff to plan for the delivery of the new system by providing timely and relevant guidance about expectations and requirements. It will also enable councils to identify areas where they may need education and support.

Council Connect has also been established – an online forum for council staff, which acts as a central point for transition of information; a library for templates and guides; and a communication tool used by the Transition Team to engage with council staff. The site includes a series of interactive forums with messages, updates and general announcements for councils.

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A key focus of modernising our planning system is to make life easier for the wider planning community and we can’t achieve this without valuable community input. A range of opportunities for people to get involved in the implementation process, have been developed including:

  • Minister’s Advisory Groups representing local government, the community and industry groups
  • Collaborative Advisory Team – An industry group chaired by the Minister for Planning to keep informed of the reform process and to seek informal advice.
  • Industry Liaison Group – An informal group to provide updated information to the planning community. Workshop style to seek informal feedback.
  • Code Working Group – A working group of practitioners across local government and industry to provide detailed feedback into the code library.
  • Expert and Practitioner Pool – A pool of over 200 experts and practitioners has been identified through an expression of interest process to inform and assist in the development and implementation of various aspects of the system
  • Community Panel – Panel of 50 people representative of the SA community to inform the Community Engagement Charter.
  • Secondments within the department's Planning Reform team from external State agencies and Local Government

The principles and spirit of a new Community Engagement Charter will set the tone for community engagement while we reform our planning system together.

The SA Planning Portal will remain central to the distribution of key information, access to information, training and education, and highlighting opportunities for workshops, and seminars.


April 2017
State Planning Commission established

October 2017
Collaborative Work Programs (CWPs) commenced with councils
Community Engagement Charter draft release
Development Assessment Panels commenced
January 2018 Accredited professionals discussion paper released
Community Engagement Charter published


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Page last modified Thursday, 30 November 2017