Performance indicators

Performance indicators are ways of monitoring development activity enabled by the planning system.

The Performance Indicators Scheme (Scheme) introduces new ways of measuring applications lodged, decisions being made and assessment timeframes in the system.

The first Performance Indicators Scheme Annual Report (2020-21) (PDF, 2281 KB), released on 5 October 2021, details the planning system's performance following its introduction in March 2021 and is based on data sourced from the PlanSA system (the electronic development application processing system), which enables the monitoring of the planning system's performance over time.

The report also outlines key performance indicators, emerging trends and insights for planning and development across the state, and highlights insights and ideas to consistently improve the system. New performance indicators will be provided in subsequent annual reports as trends emerge.

About the scheme

Performance indicators describes the measuring of development, from early proposal stages to completion, and is a method of data gathering which can provide valuable information about the overall ‘health’ of South Australia’s planning system by divulging statistics about how many developments have been applied for, approved or are in progress.

The scheme is used to obtain data and statistics from an ePlanning platform, rather than the current quarterly manual collection of statistics from councils, reducing reporting requirements.

The new ePlanning platform may provide information about all development, from alterations or demolitions, to changes in land use or divisions of land, if there is a need for this information by industry professionals or the public. This will result in greater transparency and efficiency in our planning system and will assist understanding of the value, impact and kinds of development to inform future planning decisions for South Australia.

A new ePlanning platform is the vehicle for evaluation of the planning system. This online system captures the aforementioned statistical information and may offer new data, making it accessible to all interested parties beyond the development sector, and presenting information in new ways, such as in graphs and spatial maps.

The new Performance Indicators scheme is to be overseen and reported on by the State Planning Commission (with approval of the Minister).

Through integration with the new ePlanning platform, the new Performance Indicators scheme offers the following benefits:

  • better quality of information to assist making informed decisions about what is and isn’t working well
  • improved transparency around the effectiveness of the planning system to deliver community, industry and government expectations
  • promotion of a culture of ongoing improvement by understanding successes and shortfalls and facilitating further enhancements to make a more efficient, effective system
  • monitoring planning trends to identify areas where policy can be improved in response to changes in development activity
  • more efficient, accurate information collection through an ePlanning system that offers 24/7 access and automated data collection in place of the current manual process.

Here is a visual snapshot of the top five performance indicators of South Australia’s planning system. New performance indicators will be featured in subsequent updates as trends emerge over time.

Number of enhancements made to date = 139 (as at September 2021)

Number of enhancements made to date = 139 (as at September 2021)

Number of enhancements made to date = 139 (as at September 2021)

Number of enhancements made to date = 139 (as at September 2021)

Number of enhancements made to date = 139 (as at September 2021)

Average time for a development application to be completed from lodged to planning consent in the first year of SA's planning system from 19 March 2021 to 19 March 2022.

Development type Average approval time taken Statutory timeframe required
Deemed-to-satisfy developments 2.25 business days 5 business days
Accepted developments* 9 business days 25 business days
Performance assessed developments without notification 12.8 business days 20 business days
Performance assessed developments with notification 49.8 business days 70 business days
Restricted developments (includes public notification) 69.8 business days 95 business days

*Building consent and development approval only, planning consent not required.


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