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Implementation towards 2020

Collaboration is essential in implementing a new planning system 


Delivering planning reform is a significant exercise and must represent a collaborative effort between the state and local government, the community and practitioners. A key focus of modernising our planning system is to give ordinary people more influence on their local community.

Our new planning system will be introduced in three phases to support a smooth transition for councils, the community and practitioners. The phased approach will allow us to progressively introduce the Code across the State, and support South Australians through the process. Before each phase is delivered, South Australians will have an opportunity to join the conversation.


Our new planning system will be delivered across three phases, supported by a team of planners, project managers, change managers, communication and training professionals. Their role is to ensure we deliver the various elements of reform and keep the broader community and those directly impacted informed.

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Phase One (mid-2019): Land Not Within a Council Area


The first phase will see the new planning system operational in areas called Land Not Within a Council Area. These areas are managed by the State Government and will have minimal impact to councils or industry.

The introduction of the Code in these areas, will not bring about many changes for most South Australians, however it will provide an example of how the Code will work when switched on in later phases.

For this phase to be delivered, the Minister for Planning will approve the conversion of the relevant Development Plans (seven in total) to the Code. This Code will be spatially applied and available in paper format only (PDF).

The ePlanning solution will not be online at this point. The PDI Act will be proclaimed and operational in these areas only from mid-2019.

Summary of this phase


  • Department of Planning Transport and Infrastructure key operator in these areas.
  • Paper-based Planning and Design Code (PDF) introduced to Land Not Within a Council Areas and spatially applied.
  • Minimal impact to councils, developers and the broader community.
  • New applications in these areas will be assessed under the PDI Act and lodged using paper-based forms.
  • Applications lodged prior to this date will continue to be assessed under the Development Act 1993, unless abandoned and re-lodged under the PDI Act.
  • EDALA system still in operation for Land Division Development Act 1993 applications.

Phase Two (late-2019): Regional Councils


Phase two will see the new planning system operational in Regional Council Areas which means existing Development Plans in these areas will no longer exist from late 2019. The PDI Act is now operational in Regional Council areas.

Regional communities and councils will now start to see and feel the new planning system in operation; and industry working in these areas will operate under the PDI Act.

For this phase to be delivered, the Minister for Planning will approve the conversion of the relevant Regional Council Development Plans (43 in total) to the
Planning and Design Code. This Regional Council Code will be spatially applied and available via the SA Planning Portal.

The department will work closely with Regional Councils as we convert existing Development Plans into the Code; and will talk with the local community about this when released for public consultation.

Our new ePlanning solution will be operational at this point, which will make it easier for councils, community and practitioners to navigate the new planning system and do business. From this point development applications are prepared and lodged via the SA Planning Portal and assessed using the new Development Assessment framework.

Summary of this phase


  • Planning and Design Code is spatially applied to Regional Councils and available on SA Planning Portal.
  • Community and industry can search properties in Regional Councils to see what zones apply and what development can occur.
  • Applicants can prepare, lodge and track development applications through the SA Planning Portal.
  • Regional Councils will use the SA Planning Portal to access and assess new development applications under the PDI Act.
  • Development applications lodged prior to this date, will continue under the Development Act 1993, unless abandoned and re-lodged under the PDI Act.
  • EDALA system still in operation for Land Division Development Act 1993 applications.
  • Greater Adelaide Councils and applicants lodging in these areas, continue to operate under the Development Act 1993 (until mid-2020).

Phase Three (mid-2020): Greater Adelaide Councils


The final phase will see the new planning system operational in Greater Adelaide Areas (and therefore the entire state). Development applications in these areas will now be prepared and lodged via the SA Planning Portal and assessed using the new DA framework. The PDI Act is now operational state-wide.

Greater Adelaide communities will now start to see and feel the new planning system in operation; and councils and industry will operate under the PDI Act.

For this phase to be delivered, the Minister for Planning will approve the conversion of the relevant Greater Adelaide Council Development Plans (23 in total) to the Planning and Design Code. The Code will be spatially applied and available via the SA Planning Portal.

Like the previous phase, we will work with council to convert their Development Plans into the new Code and ask for submissions during public consultation.

At this point, our new ePlanning solution will be available to all South Australians, so they can more easily access planning information in their local area and undertake planning activities.

Summary of this phase


  • Planning and Design Code is spatially applied to Greater Adelaide Councils and available on SA Planning Portal.
  • Community and industry can search properties in Greater Adelaide Councils to see what zones apply and what development can occur.
  • Applicants can prepare, lodge and track development applications through the SA Planning Portal.
  • Greater Adelaide Councils will use the SA Planning Portal to assess new development applications under the PDI Act.
  • Development applications in Greater Adelaide Councils lodged prior to Phase Three will continue to be assessed under the Development Act 1993, unless abandoned and re-lodged under the PDI Act.
  • EDALA still in operation for Land Division applications lodged under the Development Act 1993.

Before each phase is delivered, South Australians will have an opportunity to have their say on the changes during several rounds of public consultation.

Our new Community Engagement Charter sets high standards for how we do this and has helped us develop number of new and improved ways to talk about planning with the broader community including:

  • Public Consultation for matters that involve the broader community
  • Events and drop-in sessions to attend
  • Ministerial Advisory Groups to help practitioners guide decision-making during implementation
  • Council Connect, an online collaborative forum for local government planners
  • Reference Groups that bring in practitioners and interested groups to more detailed discussions
  • Community Panels to talk with the community about various planning matters

Find out more on how you can have your say and when.

The Progress Dashboard demonstrates the implementation status of each planning tool that forms part of the new system, as well as the legislation that underpins it.

Some planning tools are already operational while others are on consultation or are being drafted. While some elements may be 'operational', how they are being used (and where) will depend on the phase in which the program is at.

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Not commenced Drafting Consultation Approval Operational

The implementation calendar is an indicative timeline of events leading up to July 2020, when Phase Three becomes operational and the new system switches on across the state.

Click, drag and scroll around the calendar to explore these timelines.

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  • Drafting
  • Consultation
  • Approvals
  • Operational
  • Present day
  • Phase

Page last modified Friday, 14 December 2018