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The role of the Coordinator-General was established in 1938 to coordinate the provision of public infrastructure and encourage development and the creation of jobs in post-Depression times.

The Coordinator-General administers the State Development and Public Works Organisation Act 1971 (SDPWO Act), along with the relevant Minister.

Under the SDPWO Act, the Coordinator-General has wide-ranging powers to plan, deliver and coordinate large-scale infrastructure projects, while ensuring their environmental impacts are properly managed.

These projects, in turn, promote economic and social development in Queensland.

While the majority of projects managed by the Coordinator-General over the past decade have been within Queensland's significant minerals and energy sector, a large number are in the tourism, agriculture, manufacturing and infrastructure sectors.

The Coordinator-General may:

  • declare a 'coordinated project', initiate and manage an environmental impact statement (EIS) evaluation process for public and private projects
  • control the planning and development of state development areas (SDAs)
  • approve (with conditions) or reject projects or development applications on SDAs
  • acquire land and sell or lease land or easements
  • provide development and land-access rights for 'private infrastructure facilities'
  • require a local government or other entity to build a particular project (through a 'works regulation') or a group of related projects (through a 'program of works')
  • ensure compliance with development conditions
  • use 'prescribed project' powers to ensure timely decision making by local or state government agencies.

Assessments and approvals

Assessments and approvals of infrastructure projects, including environmental and social impacts.

State development areas

Clearly defined areas of land - for industry, infrastructure corridors and major public works - established to promote economic development in Queensland. Development in these areas is overseen by the Coordinator-General.

Compulsory land acquisition

The Coordinator-General can compulsorily acquire, or take, land for infrastructure development.

Project facilitation

Laws and other mechanisms the Coordinator-General can use to facilitate the planning and delivery of infrastructure.