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Practice Directions

Providing clear, up-to-date guidance on the new planning system

The planning system is complex and can often require experienced professionals to make procedural judgement calls.

To support them, the new Planning Development and Infrastructure Act 2016 (PDI Act 2016) (section 42) includes the ability for the State Planning Commission to issue practice directions and guidelines.


A practice direction may specify procedural requirements relating to any matter under the legislation. Practice directions will likely address a range of matters currently covered by the Development Regulations 2008.

Throughout the new Act there are many specific instances where the State Planning Commission is allowed to issue a practice direction. They are issued by the Commission by a notice in the Government Gazette and must be published on the SA Planning Portal. The Commission also has the power to revoke or vary a practice direction through the same process of notification and publication.

In accordance with the provisions of the Act, the following elements may require the establishment of a practice direction:

  • preparation of a regional plan
  • assessment pathways; and
  • the establishment and appointment of assessment panels.


Practice Directions issued by the State Planning Commission so far include:

  • Practice Direction #1 - Environment and Food Production Areas - Greater Adelaide - issued 21 November 2017


Page last modified Thursday, 30 November 2017