Performance indicators

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

The performance indicators scheme introduces new ways of measuring applications lodged, decisions being made and assessment timeframes in the new system.

Where the scheme applies

The performance indicators scheme applies to areas where the new planning system is operational under the Planning, Development and Infrastructure Act 2016.

Urban areas are included in "Phase Three" of the planning reform implementation.

List of Phase Three areas (PDF, 446 KB)

These parts of South Australia are still operating under the Development Act 1993 until 2021. This performance indicators scheme does not yet apply.

Rural areas are included in "Phase Two" of the planning reform implementation.

List of Phase Two areas (PDF, 446 KB)

These parts of South Australia transitioned to the new planning system on 31 July 2020 and the performance indicators scheme now applies.

Outback areas are included in "Phase One" of the planning reform implementation and are parts of South Australia where there is no local council.

Outback areas transitioned to the new planning system on 1 July 2019 and the performance indicators scheme applies.

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 expected 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 will be the vehicle for evaluation of the planning system. This online system will capture 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).

Our current ‘system indicators program’ collects and analyses statistical data on statutory actions and decisions about planning and development.

The resulting data sets (system indicators) measure the number and timeliness of actions and decisions in areas such as development assessment, statutory referrals, appeals and compliance.

The program is administered by the Attorney-General's Department, as required under Regulation 115 of the Development Regulations 2008.

Data is supplied quarterly by councils and their development assessment panels, state government agencies involved in consultation and referrals, the State Commission Assessment Panel, private building certifiers and the Environment, Resources and Development (ERD) Court.

The current system will be replaced by a new Performance Indicators scheme in 2021.

Through integration with the new ePlanning platform, the new Performance Indicators scheme will offer 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.


A record of public consultation relating to this scheme is listed below.

Closed 17 October 2018

This consultation has closed.

The Performance Indicators Discussion Paper proposes ways in which all development will be measured and monitored, and how statistical data about planning applications will be reported on. This paper describes development monitoring, data gathering which provides valuable, easily accessible information about development outcomes and the ‘health’ of the planning system.

Your input is being used to inform the development of the new development assessment and monitoring framework.

A What We Have Heard report based on feedback received has been circulated to all engagement participants and published on the SA Planning Portal.


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