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New land use framework for South Australia

An inaugural South Australian Multiple Land Use Framework supports access to land – critical to the state's long-term sustainability and international competitiveness.

South Australia is a pioneer of multiple and sequential land use outcomes across a variety of land uses, including our multiple use regional reserves and marine park systems and success in opening the Woomera Prohibited Area.

The new Framework encourages the consideration of multiple and sequential land use where appropriate (in decision-making and project planning) and the need for timely engagement with landowners, communities and organisations. It seeks to increase transparency and consistency in decision-making to enable more effective targeted engagement with communities on land use change.

Importantly, the Framework builds on the government’s commitment to effective engagement, and aligns with several of the government’s good governance policy initiatives, including Better Together.

The Framework can be used by anyone who is involved in multiple land use projects and assists regulators, decision-makers and individuals by providing:

  • clear direction on the importance of considering multiple land uses at the early stage of a project
  • tools and general policy direction to improve stakeholder engagement (see 'key engagement mechanisms' and 'guiding principles').


Following stakeholder engagement on a draft Framework in late 2015, 58 submissions were received from individuals, community organisations, local councils, state and commonwealth government departments and boards, agricultural bodies, conservation and land management organisations, Aboriginal corporations, councils or representatives of first nations, mining companies, industry bodies, state MPs and a tourism council. The Framework was amended based on these recommendations.

The Framework delivers on a key commitment all state and territories made to the COAG Energy Council and is the first of its kind to be released. It was developed by a cross-agency reference group comprising representatives from 13 South Australian Government agencies.

  • Download the Framework, information booklet, submission recommendations and response reports and case studies from the yourSAy website. Case studies will continue to be developed and uploaded.
  • Contact the Resource Policy and Engagement Branch by phone +61 8 8463 3317 or email for queries or case study suggestions.

– Steve Campbell

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