Strategies, Policies & Plans
This Policy and associated Action Plan recognise the richness of Aboriginal cultures and the unique skills and knowledge that Aboriginal staff bring to City of Adelaide and to the City. Through this Policy, Council demonstrates its commitment to the improvement of social and economic opportunities for Aboriginal people through employment and development opportunities.
The Access and Inclusion Strategy sets out the Council’s commitment to making the City a welcoming and inclusive place for people of all abilities to enjoy.
The Strategy aims to complement the directions of South Australian and Australian Government policy and help Council move toward a best practice model for access and inclusion planning, with a particular focus on better outcomes for people with disability. It provides a strategic framework that will guide Council staff and partners in the development of key actions within each program area (department) of Council through annual planning.
The Active City Policy will guide Council’s provision of opportunities for the community to be active, maintain their health and participate in recreation and community sports activities, consistent with Council’s vision of creating a vibrant, populous and sustainable City.
The Policy will influence the planning, design and build of the City and inform the provision of recreation and sport facilities, the delivery of programs and events and the creation of open spaces within the City, in order to create opportunities for people to be engaged in an active lifestyle.
This Strategy sets the direction for the provision of recreation and sport opportunities that support and encourage people to be physically active in the City.
The Active City Strategy contains a series of strategies aimed at achieving four key outcomes over a 10 year period; ‘great spaces to be physically active’, ‘financially sustainable facilities’, ‘people choose to be physically active in the City’ and ‘community led sports opportunities’.
Adopted by Adelaide City Council 11 December 2006. Approved by Minister for Local/State Government Relations and published in State Government Gazette 14 December 2006.
The purpose of the Adelaide Park Lands Building Design Guidelines is to provide guidance to new buildings or alterations to existing buildings within the Adelaide Park Lands.
The Adelaide Park Lands Events Management Plan provides the management framework for Council and the community to adhere to in holding events in the Park Lands. It aims to strike a balance between growing events in the Park Lands, caring for the Park Lands and acknowledging the needs of local residents, businesses and the local community.
The Adelaide Park Lands Management Strategy is an aspirational document developed by the Adelaide Park Lands Authority, a statutory body established by the Adelaide Park Lands Act 2005, to manage the iconic Park Lands. It has been endorsed by City of Adelaide and now the Minister and the State Government will be asked to endorse the document too.
This policy will provide a framework in which Council staff can exercise their delegated powers and functions in accordance with the directives from Council, the instruments of delegation and prescribed legislative requirements.
The Arts and Cultural Grants Program provides funding to eligible groups, organisations and individuals to deliver inspiring art and cultural projects and events which make a positive creative contribution to the City and demonstrate alignment with the City of Adelaide 2016-2020 Strategic Plan.
The Arts and Cultural Grants Program is intended to assist Council in the delivery of Theme 4: Creative - A multicultural city with a passion to create authentic and internationally renowned experiences by supporting creative enterprises, community groups and individuals to grow their contribution to the recreational, cultural and artistic life of the City.
This Infrastructure and Asset Management plan focuses on the management of the City of Adelaide’s property and buildings. This plan specifies the life cycle requirements for effective management, inspection and replacement of this asset group and outlines the financial implications and standards to be adhered to. The Asset Management plan is a tool which combines management, financial, engineering and technical practices to ensure the level of service required by customers is provided at the most economical cost to the community.
This Infrastructure and Asset Management plan focuses on the management of the City of Adelaide’s lighting, electrical and CCTV network. This plan is intended to demonstrate how Council will achieve this outcome by applying the principles of responsible asset management planning.
Asset management plan covering the Park Lands and open space elements including trees, irrigation, landscaped areas
This Infrastructure and Asset Management plan focuses on the management of the City of Adelaide’s transportation network. This plan specifies the life cycle requirements for effective management, inspection and replacement of this asset group and outlines the financial implications and standards to be adhered to.
This Infrastructure and Asset Management plan focuses on the management of the City of Adelaide’s Urban Elements. This plan specifies the life cycle requirements for effective management, inspection and replacement of this asset group and outlines the financial implications and standards to be adhered to.
This Infrastructure and Asset Management plan focuses on the management of the City of Adelaide’s Torrens Lake assets and stormwater drainage network. This plan specifies the life cycle requirements for effective management, inspection and replacement of this asset group and outlines the financial implications and standards to be adhered to.
This policy sets out the key Corporate Asset Management policies associated with the effective management of the City's assets.
This Action Plan positions the City and City of Adelaide to conserve and sustainably manage its ecological systems including watercourses, with a focus on management of remnant vegetation and fauna in the Adelaide Park Lands and improvement of water quality in the Torrens Lake.
This objectives of this policy are to ensure buildings constructed comply with the Development Approval and associated conditions, ensure that existing buildings are safe to occupy and to ensure that all buildings are appropriate for their approved use.
The Busking Operating Guidelines is now categorised under Street Permit Operating Policy and Guidelines.
Describes the provision and recording of cabling technology throughout the City of Adelaide.
Our Carbon Neutral Strategy 2015-2025 details our aspiration for Adelaide to be the world’s first carbon neutral city.
It is a long established democratic principle that outgoing elected bodies should not use public resources for election campaigning, nor make decisions which may unreasonably, inappropriately, or unnecessarily bind an incoming Council. This policy affirms Council's commitment to fair and democratic elections, and adherence to this principle. This policy includes a commitment to comply with the requirements of Section 91A of the Local Government (Elections) Act 1999.
The playgrounds in the Adelaide Park Lands are significant recreation facilities provided by Council and play an important role in attracting people to the City to spend their leisure time.
The strategy identifies important social outcomes for the City. It specifies strategies and key projects and guides annual programming of projects and activities.
Following extensive public consultation and stakeholder engagement Council has arrived at a vision for the City: Adelaide is a welcoming and dynamic city full of rich and diverse experiences. The City of Adelaide 2016-2020 Strategic Plan tells Adelaide’s growth story and articulates an agenda for strong growth over the next four years.
The Strategic Plan consists of four key themes Smart, Green, Liveable and Creative, underpinned by objectives and 110 actions to demonstrate Council’s commitment to tangible results.
These Guidelines have been adopted by City of Adelaide and set out requirements for safely carrying out activities in the public realm (City streets, Park Lands and footpaths). The aim of this booklet is to minimise the impact to the local environment from these activities and to provide consistent requirements for all contractors, developers and builders, especially with respect to safety when undertaking work in the public realm.
This Action Plan builds on the information in the 2009 Climate Change Adaptation Report (the 2009 Adaptation Report hereafter) to establish an adaptation response to the impacts of climate change in the City of Adelaide.
It defines strategies and actions for high and extreme risks, allocates responsibility within Council for the actions, and establishes processes for building implementation into Council’s Risk Management Framework and Business Plan and Budget process.
The Community Development Grants Program provides funding to eligible groups, organisations and individual residents who present applications that demonstrate consistency with the City of Adelaide Strategic Plan 2012-2016 outcomes including:
- People of all ages, cultures and means form strong communities and actively participate in the life of the City
- Neighbourhoods, streets and public spaces are safe, welcoming and promote social interaction
- People’s ideas and their capacity to achieve is supported
To establish a framework of internal controls, that support implementation of the Site Contamination Policy (the Policy) and mitigate risks to the natural environment, human health and the corporation.
The Policy provides guiding principles and procedures to assist Council in minimising its risk and developing a culture of best practice in the field of preventing, managing and monitoring site contamination.
This policy and procedure covers all complaints received by the Corporation whatever the source or nature of the complaint.
The Corporation Plan outlines our key strategies over the next four years to support Council in delivering its strategic plan. It also describes how we will work with Council and the community.
This is one of several documents that describe why we exist, what our roles are and how we will create a city of many great places
Policy to establish a “Council Policy Framework” providing a structure for future review and development of policy documents.
A Nuclear Free Zone is a place which has been declared “off limits” to the nuclear arms race and all stages of the nuclear fuel cycle.
Council has developed a Digital Strategy for 2012-16, named "Connect Adelaide," which outlines its strategic direction and guiding principles for delivering a well connected city and empowered communities, through the smart use of technology.
Find out more about the Digital Strategy and its Progress Actions.
This policy objective is to minimise the number of dilapidated buildings and vacant allotments to maintain a high quality of visual amenity and optimise development and occupancy of land in the City.
For Federal, State and Local Government Elections, Referenda and Polls.
Encroachments comprise any structure erected or installed in, on, across, under or over Council land.
This policy and the accompanying Operating Guidelines provide criteria for managing different types of encroachments to ensure that they contribute positively but do not impinge on public safety or amenity.
This Action Plan focuses on embedding sustainability in the organisation to reduce energy use and carbon emissions and assisting the community to be an energy efficient City.
In conjunction with the development of the Annual Business Plan and Budget, Council's fees and charges are reviewed annually.
Section 188 of the Local Government Act 1999 requires Council to keep its schedule of fees and charges on public display and provide updates where fees and charges are varied during the year.
This provides the operational guidelines for implementing the flags and banners policy. It will help guide you about banner types, sizes, colours and more.
This policy provides the basis for flying flags and banners in several designated locations.
The Footpath Paving Policy is now categorised under Street Permit Operating Policy and Guidelines.
This policy covers the conservation and promotion of the built heritage and historic streetscape character of Adelaide through the following:
- Heritage Incentive Scheme
- Heritage Advisory Service
- Public Realm Charters
Please refer to 'A' - Asset Management Plans - updated 2016
Adelaide offers extensive investment potential and is consistently recognised as one of the most affordable capital cities to live and do business in Australia. The retail, tourism, education, health, professional services, entrepreneurial, commercial and residential property development sectors are driving Adelaide forward as an internationally competitive urban hub.
For more information, download a brochure or go to Invest Adelaide.
This policy establishes a cohesive framework within which the installation of new lighting, and the upgrade or replacement of existing elements of the City’s lighting infrastructure, will most effectively enhance the City’s quality, consistency and efficiency of night lighting in public places as well as visual appeal, safety and utility.
This guideline provides guidance on Council's expectations for licensed premises in the City and is an important policy tool to assist managing the mix of different land uses
This policy provides a clear picture of Council's expectations for licensed premises in the City and is an important policy tool to assist managing the mix of different land uses
To provide a welcoming city that encourages desirable events and activities by ensuring there is adequate provision of facilities for the collection of litter and encouragement for people to discard litter in a controlled manner.
Council acknowledges the cultural and economic importance of India and the popularity of Indian films, fashion and cuisine and the growing Indian population in South Australia. In particular, the large number of Indian students has, and continues to, impact on the life, character and economy of the City of Adelaide.
A Little India precinct in the City could add colour, depth and vibrancy to a City that is already recognised as one of the great cities of the world to visit (Source: Lonely Planet 2014) and the world’s fifth most liveable City (Source: The Economist Intelligence Unit).
This briefing paper provides information on:
- The City of Adelaide
- The City of Adelaide
- Investing in South Australia
- The Little India investment opportunity
As a capital city, City of Adelaide wants to ensure we are receiving feedback from and are responsive to the needs of our community in relation to Live Music.
The benefits and values of Live Music for artists, audiences and creative culture are a strategic priority for City of Adelaide. Fostering the live music industry occurs in the context of broader City Vibrancy goals, including growing the City’s working and living populations. These goals are articulated in the 30 Year Plan for Greater Adelaide and the Spatial Vision for the Future of the City. Council needs to work in collaboration with a wide variety of stakeholders in undertaking its legislated regulatory roles.
This policy supports Council's aim to actively pursue a multiple approach of creating successful mixed use communities.
The Noise Management Incentive Scheme, together with other related Council initiatives, assists property owners/occupiers to undertake noise attenuation works in the City of Adelaide, through the provision of expert advice and financial support.
These Operating Guidelines accompany the North Adelaide Public Realm policy.
This policy will ensure that any Council works in the public realm that would impact on heritage values are the subject of heritage assessment and determination by Council.
This policy provide criteria for the commercial use of public footpaths to ensure that such use does not impinge on public safety or amenity. The implementation date for these documents is 1 January 2005. No Permit or Application Fees have been set by Council for the first twelve months of operation of the policy.
To optimise the use of on-street space available for parking in a manner that best meets local needs and complements the role of available off-street parking.
One of the functions of the Council is a responsibility to take measures to protect its area from hazards and to improve the amenity of the City. The Council is committed to using the order making powers available to it under the Local Government Act 1999 in such a way as to facilitate a safe and healthy environment and to maintain and improve amenities within the City.
Our Market District seeks to foster growth and innovation in the Market District, with the iconic Adelaide Central Market at its heart, Our Market District – the right ingredients for the future, sets out a vision for the future while maintaining the core strengths and reputation of the District and encouraging growth. The product of more than twelve months discussions between traders, the community and the Council, Our Market District draws together the key feedback and ideas around how the district could look in 10 years’ time.
Our Market District was adopted by Council on 11 August 2015. On 12 December 2016, Council resolved to update Our Market District to incorporate the Vision, Objectives and Guiding Principles of the Central Market Arcade Feasibility Study. Our Market District 2017 includes this information. As the District received the Great Place Award at the Planning Institute of Australia SA Awards in 2016 and the Adelaide Central Market’s accessible toilet was opened in 2017, these are also referenced.
Outdoor dining encourages an increased social and cultural life within the City, providing a heightened sense of identity, animation, security and relaxation. To facilitate outdoor dining, Council has a process of issuing permits to cafes, restaurants and delicatessens for the use of part of the footpath space in front of their premises. However, Council must also consider other competing uses of City footpaths and is keen to establish a practical balance among the various user groups.
The Adelaide Park Lands Landscape Master Plan provides landscape direction for management of the Park Lands. It was endorsed in April 2011, as a result of a recommendation from the Adelaide Park Lands Management Strategy which recognised the need for landscape management for the entire system of Park Lands.
The Master Plan has determined a set of Guiding Principles for the landscape of the Park Lands, and divides the Park Lands into four zones as shown below, providing a vision and planting directions for each zone, while recognising the importance of the unity of the Park Lands.
This management plan seeks to address the means by which Park Lands Olive trees can be efficiently and effectively managed to improve their health and fruit set without comprising our commitments to the Park Lands Management Strategy and the Environmental Management Plan.
This Operating Guideline has been replaced by the Mainstreets Development Program Operating Guidelines.
This Policy forms the basis for the practices and procedures of the Council in relation to the collection, use, storage and disclosure of personal information by all Council employees and the Lord Mayor and Councillors.
This document sets out the Council’s principles in relation to all activities associated with the purchasing and payment for goods and services.
The City of Adelaide has a long history of commissioning works of art for the public realm and has also been the recipient of many donated works over the years. The Public Art Policy overview formalises the Council's approach to commissioning, managing and promoting Public Art.
The City of Adelaide’s Public Art Program and Public Art Action Plan 2014-2019 fosters opportunities for established and emerging visual artists, cultural and community groups and organisations to create new and innovative arts and cultural works and experiences throughout the City.
City of Adelaide plays a leading role in delivering public health actions which promote wellbeing and good health. Council works alongside the broader community and partners to preserve, protect and promote public health.
The plan consolidates the Council's long-standing commitment to reconciliation with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities. The Council's reconciliation initiatives have been combined into a single plan using Reconciliation Australia's RAP template. The Plan is registered with Reconciliation Australia.
The plan consolidates the Council's long-standing commitment to reconciliation with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities. The Council's reconciliation initiatives have been combined into a single plan using Reconciliation Australia's RAP template.
The Plan is registered with Reconciliation Australia.
The Recreation and Sport Grants Program will provide funding to eligible clubs, groups and organisations that demonstrate consistency with the City of Adelaide Strategic Plan 2012 -2013 and outcomes of the Active City Policy and Value Proposition including:
- Create, facilitate and grow recreation and sport programs and facilities that support all people to be active;
- Diverse recreational opportunities and green spaces that support the wellbeing of residents and visitors;
- Provide a diverse and interesting range of opportunities to be active, through partnerships with industry stakeholders; and
- Encourage a healthy community engaged in regular physical activity.
Guidelines about the Resident Parking Scheme and the Visitor Parking Scheme which apply to the provision of on-street parking for visitors to residents, the provision of on-street parking for residents and the maintenance of adequate on-street parking for businesses.
The Residential Growth Policy sets out Council’s principles for Council’s interest and involvement in increasing the residential population of the city.
The Residential Growth Strategy sets out Council’s approaches to facilitating an increase in the residential population and the provision of affordable housing for the period 2012-2016.
The Adelaide City Retail Strategy 2015-2020 aims to guide the city retail sector into the future by making the retail sector more competitive in the face of suburban competition and online spending growth. It pinpoints the need for retailers and property owners to harness their collective financial muscle through collaboration and development of new partnerships.
The purpose of this Policy is to provide a framework for selecting and adopting new and replacement names for roads.
The intent of these Operating Guidelines is to protect Council’s discretion over the public realm. They will provide Council with an annual program of approved content and a responsive and manageable decision making process for external requests to mount Rundle Lantern content displays.
The City of Adelaide adopted an updated Charter of the Rundle Mall Management Authority at its Council meeting on 14 March 2017.
City of Adelaide’s Safer City Strategy is a crime prevention and community safety program for the City of Adelaide. It builds on the work of the previous Adelaide Local Crime Prevention Committee Program and encompasses the ideals of a Safe Community under the World Health Organisation – a place that is free of risk or injury and promotes safety.
The objectives of this policy are to ensure City of Adelaide’s processes for calling of tenders for the sale and disposal of land and other assets are fair and transparent and define those circumstances with reasons for sale and disposal methods other than by tender.
This guideline describes the steps to be followed in developing and considering a separate rate proposal (including the roles and responsibilities of Council and the Proponent at each step) and in declaring and managing separate rates.
The Separate Rate Policy states Council's position on the formulation of separate rate proposals and provides a transparent, consistent and equitable approach to considering proposals for separate rates.
Refresh your shopfront with up to $6,000 in matched grant funding.
City of Adelaide has initiated a pilot Shopfront Improvement Grant Program to encourage city businesses to get creative and enhance their street appeal.
The Smart Move Interim Action Plan provides a bridge between Smart Move 2012 and the City of Adelaide’s commitment to deliver an Adelaide 2040 Plan, which will ultimately direct the development of a new Transport and Movement Strategy. The Interim Action Plan 2016-2018 contains latest information and revised policy directions, and fine-tunes the city’s response to movement and access over the short term.
The Smart Move Strategy addresses the transport and movement issues of today. It looks at our potential future needs to make our streets safer and more connected, thus making our City easier for people to access and use. The Strategy has been developed to support the City of Adelaide’s vision: One City, Many Places, by creating an accessible city. It is a 10 year plan that aims to create great streets and places that people want to stay and enjoy.
The objective of these Guidelines is to provide a clear set of conditions for street activity, including in squares and Park Lands, in line with the Street Permit Policy.
- Establishes the principles upon which Council manages financial risk;
- Underpins Council’s funding and investment decision making;
- Applies to Council, Management and Staff; and
- Outlines the management tools to be utilised to monitor Council’s ongoing financial sustainability.
This policy establishes a cohesive framework for the undergrounding of overhead electricity and telecommunication cables including supporting infrastructure within the whole of the City of Adelaide over time.
This procedure covers Council’s approach to defining and managing unreasonable complaints and unreasonable complainants.
The City of Adelaide Operation Guidelines is designed to guide and instruct staff who manages a team of volunteers. It provides managers and volunteer supervisors with a tool that will result in consistently high standards of service delivery and Work Health Safety standards across all Council volunteer programs.
The content of the Guidelines is based on the National Standards of Volunteering published by Volunteering Australia Inc. and Council policies, procedures and relevant documents.
The new Policy updates Council’s waste management service to support development of an environmentally sustainable and vibrant city and provides for optional ‘enhanced’ services.
The Policy offers waste management services to:
- Residential premises;
- Micro and small businesses; and
- Mixed use developments (comprising both residential and serviced apartments).
Council is committed to the protection of public health and minimising waste disposal to landfill by encouraging waste avoidance and maximising resource recovery for recycling.
This Waste Management Action Plan has the objective to position the City and the City of Adelaide to use resources efficiently and increase recycling.
Pressure on global water supplies has intensified with population growth and the associated growth in demand for food, water and other resources. The pressures on water supplies are being further exacerbated by the impacts of climate change.
This Policy establishes a system for reporting disclosures of maladministration, corrupt or illegal conduct by the City of Adelaide or its people under the Whistleblowers Protection Act 1993 ("the Act").