Strong Communities

To build stronger communities we need to resist the pressure towards endless urban sprawl. We are focusing on modest urban infill with good local services and facilities, and investing in initiatives that support the local community, such as keep them safe or leading an active lifestyle.

Supporting homeless people

Commit $70,000 to build a commercial kitchen at Unley’s St Spyridon Greek Orthodox Parish to feed the homeless.
Source: Announced at Unley Greek Festival


Completed. The Minister for Multicultural Affairs delivered this commitment in 2014. The kitchen upgrade enabled the Parish to prepare weekly meals for the Adelaide Day Centre for Homeless Persons. The Multicultural SA $70,000 grant substituted the $68,000 Commonwealth Government commitment that was withdrawn when the Building Multicultural Communities program was reduced.

Art promotion and business capability

Provide $200,000 a year to Guildhouse to promote the work and increase the business capabilities of South Australians who produce craft, visual arts and unique designs.
Source: Media Release, 28 February 2014


A program of diverse activity is being implemented to support professional development and market exposure.

The curated online platform, Wellmade, showcases the work of SA artists and craftspeople. It aims to facilitate commissions and enable the identification of locations to visit to purchase work and meet with creative practitioners.

The one-on-one mentor program, which culminated in an exhibition, provided the opportunity for a number of artists to gain development outcomes and understanding about approaches to creative development, technical knowledge and professional practice skills.

Guildhouse presented an exhibition and workshops program at San W Gallery/Studio, Pudong, Shanghai in China, featuring 11 contemporary SA jewellers. The studio has been designed by South Australian creative professionals.

This initiative is a partnership with the Yiwei Art Foundation, a key partner with the Guildhouse Industry development program.

Citizens' Juries

Introduce more Citizens’ Juries.
Source: Building a Stronger South Australia, No 14, P 20


Implemented and ongoing. A number of Citizens' Juries have been held, including: A vibrant and safe Adelaide nightlife; Sharing the Road Safely and Dog and Cat management. Two more Citizens’ Juries were delivered  between June and November 2016 as part of community consultation on the findings of the Nuclear Fuel Cycle Royal Commission.

Community Challenges

Introduce a number of community challenges to help solve complex policy problems and drive innovation.
Source: Building a Stronger South Australia, No 14, P 23


Between March and October 2016, the Adelaide to Zero Low Carbon Entrepreneurs’ Prize offered $260,000 for business ideas that would contribute to the target of Adelaide becoming the world’s first carbon neutral city. One hundred and fifty applications were received from the global search. Of these, 11 were chosen as finalists before a winner was awarded the $100,000 grand prize and $50,000 for second place. Finalists were supported by mentors and given training to help develop their ideas.

In October 2016, a collaborative economy challenge was announced to assist South Australia take advantage of the growth in the collaborative economy. Share – South Australia’s Collaborative Economy Challenge will provide more than $100,000 in prizes for business or social enterprise ideas that use idle or wasted resources to generate social or economic value for the State.

State / Local Government Forum

Commit to make regional development a standing item on Premier’s State/Local Government Forum, to be held three times a year.
Source: Agreement with the Member for Frome


Meetings scheduled with regional development are a standing item.

Revitalising the Port

Four new projects will help to reinvigorate the Port, including bringing more disused buildings to life and building on the work of the past two years.
Source: Building a Stronger South Australia, No 11, P3 & 15


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Port precinct plan

A Precinct Plan will provide a vision for the Port's future development and will help to stimulate investment, activity and renewal.
Source: Building a Stronger South Australia, No 11, P 3


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Adelaide Junior Football Club

$100,000 to upgrade the training and changing facilities at Ferryden Park Reserve for the Adelaide Olympic Junior Football Club.
Source: media


Funding agreement has been agreed and funding of $100,000 transferred to the club in December 2015.

Law Reform Institute

The Government will invite the South Australian Law Reform Institute to review legislative or regulatory discrimination against individuals and families on the grounds of sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, or intersex status. Their recommendations will then be considered in the South Australian Parliament.
Source: Governor's speech to Parliament, February 2015


The Law Reform Institute has released five reports recommending changes to address the discrimination canvassed in its initial audit paper. The Government has introduced legislation to address the recommendations.

Domestic Violence response

The Government will strengthen responses to violence against women. The Government, as the largest employer in the State, will lead by example by ensuring all departments obtain White Ribbon Workplace accreditation. We will also work with the private sector to expand the reach of this important initiative. The role of men must be intrinsic to this change. More men must be strong examples to other men if attitudes are to change.
Source: Governor's speech to Parliament, February 2016


11 State Government agencies have achieved White Ribbon accreditation, as announced on 15 July 2016. Further State Government agencies are currently in the process of becoming accredited.

More usable open spaces

Work with local councils to upgrade public spaces and streetscapes to create more attractive, safe and usable outdoor areas to support more people living in Adelaide's inner city suburbs.
Source: Building a Stronger South Australia, No 6, P 4


The Planning, Development and Infrastructure Bill 2015 which has been passed in Parliament includes design standards for the public realm and infrastructure.

The P&D Fund continues to support urban design studies and masterplans as well as subsequent capital works programs. Recently this has included $1.34 million for the Hindley Street West Redevelopment in the City and $2 million for the Henley Square Redevelopment at Henley Beach.

The Local Government Stimulus Program has also provided $7.5 million to local government for 104 community infrastructure projects across the State, creating 600 additional jobs over the life of the projects.

Neighbourhood watch

Reinvigorate Neighbourhood Watch's role in local crime prevention and attract a new wave of local crime preventers.
Source: Let's Keep Building South Australia, P 149


Neighbourhood Watch is now active in social media and a dynamic and interactive webpage is in the final design stages.

More employment projects

Support more than 14,000 people without a job to find work in their local communities, working directly with local industries and employers and families experiencing intergenerational joblessness in northern Adelaide to help family members overcome barriers to entering the workforce.
Source: Building a Stronger South Australia, No 2, P 3


The launch of the Northern Economic Plan in January 2016 aims to grow employment in the region by 15,000 people by 2025.

In the year to June 2016, northern Adelaide regional employment was comparatively stable at around 151,900 - up 1,700 over the year.

Two examples of immediate job generator Northern Economic Plan projects include the $985 million Northern Connector that will generate 480 jobs per annum over four years, and the National Disability Insurance Scheme which is forecast to generate more than 1,700 jobs in the region once fully implemented in 2018-19.

The State Government has also committed an initial $24.65 million of new funding through the launch of the Northern Economic Plan, and a further $93 million from the 2015-16 State Budget to support northern Adelaide’s growth sectors: construction and urban renewal; health, ageing and disability; mining equipment and technology; tourism, recreation and culture; agriculture, food and beverage; and defence.

From 1 July 2014 to February 2017, across all skills and employment programs implemented in Northern Adelaide, approximately 1,800 people have secured a job. The Jobs and Skills Policy commitment (from 1 July 2013 to February 2017) has yielded approximately 2,000 jobs for people in Northern Adelaide. This includes 213 jobs from the Jobs and Skills Policy Building Family Opportunities program commitment in Northern Adelaide for families facing economic disadvantage.

Since the commencement of the Jobs and Skills Policy in July 2013 to February 2017, 16,300 people have found work in their local communities across South Australia. Of these 16,300 people, 2,000 people from Northern Adelaide have secured jobs including 439 jobs through the Building Family Opportunities initiative.

From July 2014 to February 2017, 1,800 people from Northern Adelaide secured jobs including 247 jobs through the Building Family Opportunities initiative.

More training opportunities

To support up to 20,000 South Australians without a job or a formal qualification to gain a skill over the next three years, the State Government will subsidise training for workers in manufacturing businesses seeking to upskill their workforce for new innovations that increase productivity.
Source: Building a Stronger South Australia, No 2, P 3


Between January 2014 and December 2016, the Department of State Development supported a total of 34,000 individuals who identified themselves as not having a formal qualification or as being unemployed to commence and complete a qualification.

For 2015–16 (as at 9 Februray 2017), employment projects across the State have resulted in over 4,700 job placements.

For 2016-17 (as at 9 Februray 2017) over 1,200 job placements have been achieved through employment projects.

From July 2013 over 16,300 (to 9 February 2017) jobs have been secured by people participating in employment and skills programs.

As at 1 February 2017, Automotive Workers in Transition Program (AWITP) has: delivered information sessions to 3,015 people; registered 1,266 people for program assistance; provided career advice and transition services to 835 people and assisted 407 people with training.

Truely understanding our multiculturalism

South Australia will lead a national discussion about how we can reach the next phase of our great multicultural project, so that we can move from acceptance to understanding.
Source: Governor's speech to Parliament, February 2015


In July 2015, the State Government supported InterculturAdelaide, a public policy and action research summit introducing the concept of interculturality, which was hosted by UniSA's International Centre for Muslim and non-Muslim Understanding and the University of Adelaide's Department of Asian Studies.

The Multicultural Action Plan for South Australia 2017-18 was released in November 2016. It outlines the Government’s directions over the next two years and leads a constructive discourse about intercultural understanding, which will help shape the thinking of future generations. The Action Plan focuses on responding to the needs of new and emerging communities and modernising the principles of the South Australian Multicultural and Ethnic Affairs Commission Act 1980 to reflect language around acceptance and understanding.

Career mentoring

The State Government will provide training, intensive career advice and mentoring to help up to 8,000 South Australian workers to retrain and move to a new job.
Source: Building a Stronger South Australia, No 2 P 3


The Automotive Transformation Taskforce has provided information sessions to 3,015 affected car component manufacturing workers about the Automotive Workers in Transition Program.

The program is promoted to workers through on-site information sessions and information hubs, through the DSD website and a media campaign (Drive Your Future). As at 3 February 2017, information sessions have been held at 30 companies.

Career advice and transition services have been provided to 835 registered car component manufacturing workers and eight companies have accessed onsite worker career advice and transition services

Between 1 July 2014 and 8 February 2017, the Retrenched Worker Program has offered assistance to 3,396 workers. 1,546 people have taken up the offer of career advice, mentoring or re-training assistance. Workers from 56 eligible companies have been assisted through this Program.

This includes assistance to 474 Alinta workers (including Leigh Creek town services) affected by the closure of the Flinders Operations in Leigh Creek and Port Augusta. As at 8 February 2017, 403 Alinta workers accessed career services with 169 people assisted into employment. This does not include workers who have found alternative employment of their own accord.

The Alinta Worker Support Package has formally closed reporting in relation to employment outcomes. However the Support Package remains available to workers who are still employed in Adelaide central office, Leigh Creek town services and staff employed at Port Augusta power station who are undertaking rehabilitation work.

The Building Family Opportunities Families in Transition (BFO FiT) Program commenced in Upper Spencer Gulf in June 2016 to support more than 70 families; the program is currently supporting 11 families. BFO Fit commenced in Northern Adelaide in January 2017 to support more than 330 families; data is not yet data available for Northern Adelaide. BFO FiT assists families experiencing retrenchment as a result of industry and economic adjustment. The program provides intensive support for the whole family to minimise family shock and assist family members to transition to jobs.

Social impact bonds

Supporting the trial of Social Impact Bonds in South Australia.
Source: South Australian Government Paper, Building a Stronger Society, December 2013


In February 2017, the first social impact bond in South Australia was released to investors. The program will target 600 homeless people in metropolitan Adelaide, with clients receiving assistance for up to three years.

Red tape reduction for community sector

The State Government will introduce four new initiatives to reduce red tape and create a stronger partnership with the South Australian community services sector. New grant guidelines; a new tender-ready training program; a new reward payment; and default 3+3+3 years contract length.
Source: Building a Stronger South Australia No. 14, P 3, 19


A working group of the Human Services Partnership Forum is developing new grant guidelines, to be released in 2016-17. A program to assist NGOs to be tender-ready is in place and a tool, the STARservice Development program, has been developed to assist agencies assess their governance and management capabilities.

The Department for Communities and Social Inclusion peak organisations have now signed 3+3+3 year service agreements with new Results Based Accountability outcome requirements ensuring certainty of funding for funded organisations.

Voluntary school amalgamations

The Department for Education and Child Development will consult with school communities to explore opportunities to further amalgamate facilities.
Source: Governor's speech to Parliament, February 2015 and Let's Keep Building South Australia P 75


The Department has received more than 20 Expressions of Interest for the Voluntary Amalgamations Program. These are being assessed and schools advised if they can proceed under this program.

Advance Schools as community hubs

Helping communities access schools facilities for sporting, adult education and other purposes when they are not being used by schools.
Source: Let's Keep Building South Australia, P 75


Three focus sites have been announced, Wirreanda High School - Southern Thriving Communities, Peterborough High School - Rural Thriving Communities and Northern Adelaide Senior College - Northern Thriving Communities.

Glynde substation

The Government will work with SA Power Networks to locate an alternative site for the Glynde Substation. The Government commits to making government land available to ensure that a suitable site for the substation is found.
Source: Letter to the residents of Hartley 11 March 2014


Completed. An alternative site has been found.

Graffiti dob-in

Offer rewards of up to $500 for citizens who provide information that leads to the conviction of persons for graffiti offences.
Source: Let's Keep Building South Australia, P 149


Currently being progressed.

Improve community involvement in debates

The Government will explore new mechanisms by which everyday people can, through the use of Information and Communication Technology, become involved in the debates of the Parliament.
Source: Governor's speech to Parliament, February 2015


The Reforming Democracy policy was launched in August 2015. Reforming Democracy outlines a range of commitments that will delivered by December 2017 to involve the community in government decision making. A number of these commitments have already been achieved, including more than 56,000 users registering to influence more than 200 decisions through More than 35,000 votes have also been cast by the community to allocate $2.5 million in grant funding across South Australia. Further measures are planned for 2016-17 to enable members of the public to view the proceedings of both houses of Parliament from any internet or WIFI enabled device.

Port office accommodation

New office accommodation to house 500 public sector employees being relocated to the Port boosting daytime population and commercial activity, as well as providing an economic uplift.
Source: Building a Stronger South Australia, No 11, P 3, 17 and Let's Keep Building South Australia, P 151


Construction has commenced with an official sod turning ceremony occurring on 3 February 2017.

Housing Trust renewal

Within 15 years, the Government will renew all Housing Trust stock that predates 1968. More than 4,500 old homes located within 10km of the city will be renewed by 2020.
Source: Governor's speech to Parliament, February 2015


Since July 2015, 713 homes scheduled for renewal have been released to the maket through 25 Expressions of Interest. Three of the EOIs have not yet been fully evaluated and housing outcomes for those renewal opportunities are not available as yet.

As at 30 September 2016, the estimate of housing outcomes for the first 22 EOIs are:
• 130 responses received from builders and developers;
• approximately 532 new houses are estimated to be built by the private and not for profit sectors over the next 18 months;
• of these 206 new houses are contracted and agreed, and
• a further 282 houses have been contracted or completed for SAHT through other internal delivery programs.

Well-designed housing - Bowden

Undertake an initial exemplar urban redevelopment project of six terrace homes at Renewal SA's Bowden site.
Source: Building a Stronger South Australia, No 6, P 4


Construction has commenced on 12 specially-designed terraces and mews in The Prince of Wales Foundation for Building Community project.

Bowden Apartments - key worker project

Rent-then-buy apartments established through a partnership between Community Housing Limited and Investec.
Source: Media Release 4 March 2014


32 apartments were released on 4 November 2015. Construction commenced in May 2016, with 27 of the 32 rent then buy apartments currently contracted.

Recreational Fishing initiatives

Fund new recreational fishing opportunities including fishing in some off-line reservoirs, grants to improve infrastructure, and artifical reefs.
Source: Let's Keep Building South Australia, P 130


Infrastructure supporting the recreational fishing access at Warren and Bundaleer Reservoirs is due to be completed in mid 2017. The Tod Reservoir will be opened for shore-based recreational fishing once the dam upgrade has been completed. These works are scheduled for late 2017.

Applications for the 2017 SA Recreational Fishing Grants Programme are scheduled to close on midnight 20 March 2017.The Government has announced the final location of the artificial reef trial (Rogues Point, south of Ardrossan) and installation is due to be completed in 2017.

Local Government infrastructure investment

Partner with the Local Government Association and councils to bring forward shovel-ready projects in local council areas to support job creation in local communities.
Source: Building a Stronger South Australia, No 2 P 8


Discussions between the State Government and local government sector are underway through the Premier’s State-Local Government Forum to identify opportunities for local councils to bring forward capital works projects that deliver community and economic benefits.

Our Port

A berth in the inner harbour will be made available for the world's oldest clipper ship, the City of Adelaide, to be moored upon its arrival in Adelaide from Scotland, while a permanent home is identified.
Source: Building a Stronger South Australia, No 11, P 3


As Port Adelaide enters a new era of growth, new initiatives are also being taken to preserve the unique maritime heritage of the region. A coordinated Historic Ships and Boats Strategy will be prepared for the Port Adelaide precinct to coordinate and plan for visitors and tourists to come to Port to experience its unique maritime heritage. The strategy will also catalogue the historically important ships and boats in the district, such as the One and All, to maximise the opportunities for tourist and community facilities in and around the inner harbour. City of Adelaide is temporarily berthed at Dock One. The Strategy will identify a permanent site for the Clipper Ship.

Port activation projects

Projects to help regenerate the waterfront, St Vincent Street and Commercial Road precincts, including Streetscape Improvements; bringing more old buildings to life; Support for business; More new events.
Source: Building a Stronger South Australia, No 11 P 15.


Completed. Find out more at:

Our Port – Incitec Pivot Fertilisers

Will be supported to move its operations out of the Port to a new location in South Australia. From early next year (2015), calcium ammonium nitrate will no longer be stored on site, unlocking further development potential of the Port.
Source: Building a Stronger South Australia, No 11, P 3


Calcium ammonium nitrate is no longer stored on site, which has opened up development for the eastern end of the Inner Harbour. Continued liaison is occurring with Incitec Pivot regarding alternative sites.

Planning Reform

A Driver of Economic Growth. Responding to Recommendations of the Expert Panel on Planning Reform.
Source: Governor's speech to Parliament, February 2015


Following the passing of the Planning, Development and Infrastructure Act 2016, a transitional bill also passed through parliament in February 2017. The transitional legislation will guide the implementation of the new planning system by, firstly, facilitating establishment of the South Australian Planning Commission and the Community Engagement Charter which will be essential for the subsequent preparation of new State Planning Policies.

Well-designed housing

Create a city model to assist in understanding the scale and context of development proposals.
Source: Building a Stronger South Australia, No 6, P 3


As a result of the increased 30-Year Plan infill targets, and the expansion of the re-zoning of certain metropolitan areas, the proposal to build a physical city model is no longer the most appropriate tool to assist in delivering ‘well-designed housing’. Tangible exemplars of well-designed infill housing provide the opportunity for communities and industry to experience how an increase in density can be delivered well, and be a positive contribution to existing neighbourhoods. There are also opportunities to demonstrate well-designed housing through projects being delivered by Renewal SA.

Automotive displaced workers

Support displaced workers by introducing new programs that will re-skill and re-employ workers affected by GM Holden's closure and supporting these workers. State Government contribution: $7.9 million. Contribution sought from Australian Government: $37.4 million.
Source: Building a Stronger South Australia, No 13, P 11


No Federal Government support.

The $7.3 million Automotive Workers in Transition Program (AWITP) has been established to assist workers and their partners affected by the national closure of the automotive manufacturing industry. The Program assists automotive component manufacturing workers to transition to new employment through five key elements:
1. Information Sessions
2. Career Advice and Transition Services
3. Skills Recognition Response
4. Training
5. Business Start-Ups Advice
The program is available until 30 June 2018.

Community Building Fund

Support affected communities by setting up a Community Building Fund to invest in urban regeneration and local projects. Contribution sought from the Australian Government: $20 million.
Source: Building a Stronger South Australia, No 13, P 3


No Federal Government Support.

Alternative options are being explored.

Open spaces for communities

The State Government is also committed to providing more open space for communities and is keeping sections of land on former school sites as open space.
Source: Building a Stronger South Australia, No 8, P 6


This has been achieved where a former school is re-zoned or developed for residential use. When this occurs legislation provides for open space for the community. Examples include the Lightsview development at Northgate which encompasses the majority of the former Ross Smith Secondary School site and the new residential development proposed on the former Andrews Farm Primary School site.

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