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Infrastructure Schemes

A contemporary, coordinated way for delivering infrastructure

The new Infrastructure Schemes will provide innovative tools which can be used to unlock investment across South Australia.

Infrastructure Schemes create a robust, fair and transparent process that will enable new infrastructure to be delivered to our communities appropriately by spreading the cost fairly among all beneficiaries. This will help to renew our neighbourhoods and create the vibrant, safe, healthy and affordable suburbs and places we want to live, work, study and invest in.

The Basic and General Infrastructure Schemes are two new financial tools which will supplement existing arrangements such as planning conditions, deeds and bonding arrangements.

They will be employed to ensure the infrastructure needed to support new developments, suburban infill or the renewal of neighbourhoods and suburbs is identified, committed, costed and funded beforehand and delivered when and where it is needed.

These schemes can be used to unlock new growth areas on the fringe and replace the need for numerous infrastructure agreements with individual landowners which is a slow and complex process to administer.

The schemes will also ensure that those who will gain financially from works will pay their fair share of the cost of the infrastructure.

This applies to a defined ‘designated growth area’ and provides the mechanism to ensure the delivery, of infrastructure such as water, sewerage, gas, electricity, telecommunications, roads, bridges and stormwater management which is immediately needed to make a development liveable.

The basic scheme will provide transparency and greater certainty to investors and communities around infrastructure funding arrangements by setting down what type of infrastructure will be provided within an area, who will fund it and when it will be delivered.

Infrastructure will be provided in step with the pace of development and delivered when actually needed, not at some time in the future.

The Basic Infrastructure Scheme will be particularly useful for the coordinated identification and delivery of infrastructure where there are complex land ownership arrangements, including where there are multiple land owners thereby precluding the need to use infrastructure deeds.

In preparation for the commencement of the pilot project, the Department sought the services of a suitably qualified person or consortia to undertake the role of project Coordinator.

Greenhill Engineers Pty Ltd (in partnership with Stimson Consulting) was successful in this process. Mr John Stimson will assume the day to day role of project Coordinator for the duration of the Pilot.

These schemes cover health, education, community facilities and infrastructure related to the provision of public transport, police, justice and emergency services facilities.

A general scheme requires a 100% opt in by landowners within the contribution area. They can also be used to facilitate partnerships between all levels of Government and the private sector.

It is an innovative planning tool that has great potential to unlock development and bring forward infrastructure investment. For example, it could be used to assist a willing developer to upgrade the surrounding streetscape of their development, thereby potentially increasing the value of the development. There is also the potential to leverage the general infrastructure scheme to attract other funding sources, such as any Commonwealth funding.

To ensure the best possible use of this new approach, an Infrastructure Schemes Pilot Project has been put in place to improve our understanding of the new legislative mechanism and associated suite of financial tools that can be used to deliver infrastructure. The Pilot Project will run for approximately 12 months and we will be working closely to support a range of live infrastructure initiatives to test and feedback on the new approach across a breadth of scenarios

The selected projects and sponsors are:

  • Bowden/Brompton - Charles Sturt with support from Landowners
  • Mount Barker - Mount Barker Council with support of Lanser Communities
  • Kilburn/Blair Athol - Port Adelaide Enfield Council.

The Minister has adopted a Code of Conduct to be observed by a scheme coordinator or members of committees appointed as scheme coordinators.

The code of conduct sets out standards of conduct and professionalism that are to be observed by all scheme coordinators or members of committees appointed as scheme coordinators.


End 2018 Pilot Project Report to the Minister for Planning
Early 2018 Draft Infrastructure Scheme Documentation prepared for discussion with Stakeholders

End 2017
Pilot project scope refinement

July 2017
Pilot Projects initiation meeting

June 2017
Pilot Projects selected

March 2017
Appointment of Project Coordinator for Pilot Projects
Infrastructure Scheme Pilot Project Reference Group established

February 2017
Call for Expressions of Interest for Pilot Project


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Page last modified Tuesday, 17 July 2018