State development areas (SDAs) are clearly defined areas of land established by the Coordinator-General to promote economic development in Queensland.

They typically take the form of one of the following:

  • industrial hubs for large-scale, heavy industry - mainly located on the coast of Queensland, in close proximity to ports, rail and major road networks
  • multi-user infrastructure corridors - for the co-location of infrastructure such as rail lines, water and gas pipelines, and electricity transmission lines
  • major public infrastructure sites - for example, the Lady Cilento Children's Hospital.

Current SDAs


View map of state development areas (PDF icon 306 KB)


Read the state development areas brochure (PDF icon 860 KB)

Benefits of SDAs

The benefits of SDAs include:

  • proximity to railways, ports and major road networks
  • greater planning and development certainty for project proponents
  • efficient processing of applications and requests
  • best practice land-use planning and management - ensuring land and infrastructure assets in SDAs are, and remain, attractive to existing occupants and potential investors
  • more efficient use of land, most notably through the creation of multi-user infrastructure corridors
  • process for compulsorily acquiring land within an SDA if necessary, including on behalf of proponents
  • concentration of industrial development in selected areas, thereby minimising or avoiding:
    • environmental impacts
    • loss of amenity
    • infrastructure duplications
    • transport conflicts.

Coordinator-General's role

The Coordinator-General is responsible for the planning, establishment and ongoing management of SDAs throughout Queensland.

In an SDA, the Coordinator-General:

  • undertakes land use planning and establishes the development assessment process for regulated development through the relevant development scheme
  • implements the development scheme
  • assesses and decides applications and requests that can be made under the development scheme
  • has compulsory land acquisition powers.

Development schemes

Each SDA is subject to a development scheme, a regulatory document that controls planning and development in an SDA.

Applications and requests

The Coordinator-General assesses and decides all applications and requests in an SDA in accordance with the relevant development scheme.

The most common type of application in an SDA is an SDA application for a material change of use (MCU).

A development scheme may also provide for some or all of the following applications and requests:

  • request for pre-lodgement consideration
  • SDA application for:
    • an MCU under a minor assessment process
    • reconfiguring a lot
    • operational works
  • request to change an SDA application
  • change application for an SDA approval
  • request to state a later currency period
  • request to carry out prior affected development
  • request for approval of a plan of subdivision.

It is important to note there are some variations in terminology used in the development schemes as a result of recent amendments to the State Development and Public Works Organisation Act 1971. For more information, read the Applications and requests advisory note (PDF icon 117 KB). Before making an application or request, refer to the relevant development scheme.


All applications and requests relating to development in an SDA are subject to fees.

Land acquisition

The declaration of an SDA does not change the ownership of the land within the area.

However, the Coordinator-General may compulsorily acquire land or easements within an SDA.

If land is compulsorily acquired, the owner of the land is compensated in accordance with the process in the Acquisition of Land Act 1967.

For more information read State Development Areas: Responses to landholders frequently asked questions (PDF icon 217 KB).

Relevant legislation

State development areas are created under section 77 of the State Development and Public Works Organisation Act 1971.

The SDAs are listed in the State Development and Public Works Organisation (State Development Areas) Regulation 2009, which identifies the regulatory maps for each SDA.

Former SDAs

SDAs that have had their declarations revoked.