Coordinator-General call-in

The State Coordinator-General works actively to drive investment in South Australia by creating an environment that welcomes private sector development and stimulates job creation.

Coordinator-General role

The Coordinator-General is appointed to "call-in" certain developments to the State Commission Assessment Panel (SCAP) for assessment.

Developments that have been called-in are eligible to use the Department's case management service, to assist proponents in navigating the planning and development process.

Eligible developments

Developments that are eligible to be called-in are:

Developments must also satisfy the criteria set out by Schedule 10 of the Development Regulations 2008.

Read the Development Regulations 2008

Developments solely for residential purposes are excluded. To be considered, residential developments must also incorporate any of these land uses:

  • Purpose-built student accommodation
  • Aged care or serviced accommodation
  • Industrial
  • Commercial
  • Retail

How to apply

Before you apply, check if you are eligible:

To apply, contact:

    Mr. Graeme Jackson

    Director, Legal and Statutory Services

    Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure
    Level  7, 50 Flinders Street, Adelaide SA 5000


The call-in process

When the State Coordinator-General calls-in a development, the SCAP is assigned as the relevant decision making authority.

The proposal must go through a complete development assessment process in line with the requirements of Development Act 1993 and Development Regulations 2008 in urban and suburban council areas or the Planning, Development and Infrastructure Act 2016 (the PDI Act) for all other areas.

The State Planning Commission's assessment process is the same as a Council’s processes. In all cases, applications are assessed against the Development Plan established for the Council area where the development is being proposed.

As part of the assessment process, the application will be referred to Council for a period of six weeks for Council to make comment relating to their specific areas of expertise or in general.  At the same time, any prescribed referral to State agencies will also take place. Public notification may also provide a means of raising issues or concerns related to planning matters.

Where public notification is required it will be either a letter sent to adjoining owners or occupiers of land inviting comment, with no statutory appeal rights or a letter sent to adjoining owners or occupiers of land and other affected properties in the locality plus a notice in a newspaper inviting comment. The latter has legal appeal rights.

The time taken to determine an application depends a range of factors including:

  • if the application needs to be publicly notified
  • State agencies need to be consulted
  • the application is complex
  • the nature of any issues raised and potential additional information required.