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.


68. Urban development:

By 2036, 70% of all new housing in metropolitan Adelaide will be being built in established areas

Key Measure


Explanatory Comments

The 30-Year Plan for Greater Adelaide was updated in 2017, with revised targets, including that for the proportion of new housing to be built in established areas.

The definitions for “metropolitan Adelaide”, “Greater Adelaide” and “established areas” were also amended. 

Three maps to illustrate the differences between each of these defined areas can be found here

The response for this year’s SASP report on Target 68 reflects Target 1.1 from the 30-Year Plan Update, i.e. 85% of all new housing in metropolitan Adelaide will be built in established urban areas by 2045.

The calculation for the proportion of new housing built has also changed; from the proportion in a given year, to a five-year rolling average, to smooth out the variation from year to year and provide a better indicator of the long term trend. With data starting at 2010, figures for 2015 (2011-15) and 2014 (2010-14) (and for future years) are 5-year averages, while 2013 (2010-13), etc to 2010 (2010 only) will be averaged based on the number of years of data available.

Using the new definitions for Greater Adelaide, Metropolitan Adelaide and the Established Areas of Adelaide, the 5-year rolling average for proportion of new housing built in Metropolitan Adelaide to 2015 is 75.5 per cent.

Lead Agency

Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure