South Australia's Strategic Plan is comprised of 100 targets. These targets are specific and measurable and enable us to measure our progress towards achieving the Plan's visions and goals.

Each target is reported on through this section of the website. Data has been updated as at December 2017.


33. Government planning decisions:

South Australia leads the nation in timely decisions of development applications through to 2020

No new data

Key Measure

Note: Data for Tasmania are unavailable.

Explanatory Comments

Since the publication of the 2012 Progress Report updated data for this target’s key measure is not available.

Significant progress has been made on improvements to South Australia's planning system, including the introduction of call-in powers to the State Coordinator General for developments over $3 million and of economic significance and assigning the Development Assessment Commission as the decision maker for development proposals in strategic growth areas.

New planning legislation has also passed the South Australian Parliament and the first stage of the new planning system commenced in April 2017 including arrangements to ensure a smooth transition to new assessment authorities.

The second stage of the implementation program commenced with new Council and regional assessment panels from October 2017. The SA Planning Portal has continued to be developed with the establishment of the Planning Commission web site, Snapshot SA, and commencement of an on-line register for development applications assessed by the Planning Commission’s assessment panel. A program for development of the new Planning and Design Code has been commenced by DPTI in collaboration with all councils across the State. It is planned for these elements to be in place, together with new regulations to support the implementation of new streamlined planning pathways, by late 2018 or 2019. 

The result of the most significant overhaul of the planning system in over 20 years, the new system supports faster decision making, better governance frameworks, improved community engagement and new assessment pathways. A staged introduction of a new ePlanning solution that will ultimately provide 24/7 access to planning information, and allow development applications to be processed and tracked on-line. 

Lead Agency

Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure