The State Planning Commission has released the first stage of the Community Engagement Charter—the Discussion Draft—for six weeks of consultation from Monday, 28 August to Monday, 9 October 2017.

The Discussion Draft consolidates and refines the input obtained through the Planning Together Panel process, which has been influenced and guided by the “Practitioner Group” and the more widely represented “Larger Stakeholder Group”.

This Discussion Draft is not a finished product, but the first stage of what the Charter could look like. The Commission is now seeking feedback from a broad audience to assist it in further evolving the Charter. This includes exploring in greater detail implementation measures that will assist authorities in making decisions about how to engage.

Once feedback on this discussion draft is received, the Commission intends to release a formal Consultation Draft, which will be accompanied by a Guideline document that will describe how the Charter could be applied and how the success of engagement processes could be evaluated. This will be supported by an engagement toolbox which will be progressively developed to assist with the Charter’s implementation.

Being the first of its kind, it is recognised that the Charter will need to evolve over time. In its first year, it will primarily applied to the development of the new State Planning Policies, the Planning and Design Code, and Infrastructure schemes as required under the new Act. As the Commission prepares these documents, it will test the Charter and its application to allow for its ongoing evolution. During this time the Commission welcomes ongoing feedback to assist in monitoring and improving the Charter.

There are a number of ways you and your organisation can be involved in the process as follows:

SA Planning Portal: you can lodge a submission and answer survey question on line.
Make a submission or comment: you or your Organisation can make a submission at
Or Post to : The State Planning Commission, GPO Box 1815, ADELAIDE SA 5001
Keep informed: by reading the ‘Planning Ahead’ newsletter

Information and survey questions can be accessed via the SA Planning portal

Or through the SA Government’s YourSAy site 

This stage of consultation closes on the 9 October 2017.


AIUS SA is a proud Supporting Partner of Social Capital Residencies, which is part of the Thinkers in Residence program re-ignited in South Australia by the Don Dunstan Foundation.

Allyson Hewitt is the first of the Don Dunstan Foundation’s Thinker in Residence, with her first public appearance of the Social Capital Residencies on 2nd May, Allyson spoke at a series of events over time.  Allyson covered topics such as Women in Social Innovation; Why measurement is important in social capital; and joined a panel at an oration.

Allyson leads the social innovation programs at MaRS Discovery District in Toronto, Canada. Allyson has assisted hundreds of social ventures to become economically sustainable and increase their social impact, has initiated and implemented public policy to support social enterprise and has developed a range of social innovation programs at MaRS


AIUS SA will be hosting Urban Briefings throughout the year, and invite you to join us in enjoying authentic Italian pizza, wines and conversations at Pranzo.  Our events start at 5.30pm on the last Wednesday of each month.  This year we are opening new dialogue and digging further on topics such as:

Medicinal cannabis

Smart Cities

Implications of heritage/planning reform

The old RAH redevelopment

Housing innovation

Young people cities

Events webpage and our Facebook page.


Our President, Trish Hansen, presented at the 2016 Creativity Conference in her role as Project Lead with the Wellbeing and Resilience Centre at the South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute (SAHMRI) and the President of the Australian Institute of Urban Studies – South Australia. Trish is currently undertaking a Master of International Development, and you can view her presentation here