South Australia's land supply and planning system

South Australia's planning system controls land use and the physical development of the state.

The legislation related to planning and development matters is contained in the Development Act 1993 and associated regulations.

Planning Strategy for South Australia

The Planning Strategy sets out the state government's directions for land-use changes and development in South Australia.

The directions in the strategy become policy at the council level when they are incorporated into the development plans for individual council areas.

Development plans

Each South Australian council has a development plan that guides the type of development that can occur within the council area.Planners use the policies in development plans to assess development applications.

Each council must align its development plan with the Planning Strategy through development plan amendments to ensure that the state government's planning directions are reflected in local development decisions and outcomes.

Annual report card

Each year the Minister for Planning reports to the South Australian Parliament on the progress made in meeting the goals and targets in each volume of the South Australian Planning Strategy:

For an alternative version of a document on this page see Planning contacts.

South Australian government regions

South Australian government departments and agencies use a consistent set of boundaries to define 12 administrative regions in the state. The boundaries help government partners develop and improve reporting, planning and service delivery. They also relate to the targets in South Australia's Strategic Plan.

The 12 regions

The following maps show each of the regions:

Adelaide metropolitan area

Greater Adelaide

Country regions

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