Governance structure

The governance structure of Councils provides a framework which supports open, transparent and informed decision making.

While legislation determines some key elements, there is no “one-size fits all” best practice structure, so each Council has an overall structure that works best for them.

Below is a summary of the current City of Adelaide governance structure.


Council is the primary decision making body for the Corporation of the City of Adelaide.

Council is accountable to the city community for city leadership and strategy development that delivers benefit for all South Australians. Council is also responsible for the delivery of efficient and effective local government services that respond to the community’s needs.

The Committee

The Council has established a core advisory committee to provide a discussion forum on the overall priorities, strategies and policies related to achieving Council’s Strategic Plan outcomes.

The Committee is formed under section 41 of the Local Government Act 1999 (SA) and all Council Members are members of The Committee.

Other committees

Strategic Planning and Development Policy Committee

Council established the Strategic Planning and Development Policy (SPDP) Committee as a core advisory committee, pursuant to section 41 of the Local Government Act 1999 (SA) and all Council Members are members.

The purpose of the SPDP is to meet the requirements of Section 101A of the Development Act 1993 (SA).

Reconciliation Committee

This Committee works to advance reconciliation in the city and seek broad Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander participation in Council activities and events.

 Audit Committee

The Audit Committee is a formally appointed committee of Council pursuant to section 41 of the Local Government Act 1999 (SA) (the Act) and performs the functions as stated in section 126 of the Act.


Council Assessment Panel

The Council Assessment Panel (CAP) is established under the Planning, Development and Infrastructure Act 2016 (PDI Act). The role of CAP is to assist Council with the assessment and determination of development applications against the relevant provisions of Council’s Development Plan.

Council subsidiaries

Adelaide Central Market Authority

The Adelaide Central Market has been an icon in the city for 150 years and it is a key component of the City of Adelaide’s strategic vision for a vibrant economically prosperous city. It is supported by the Adelaide Central Market Authority (ACMA), which was established to build a solid and sustainable foundation for the Adelaide Central Market’s future.

Overseen by a six-member Board, the market’s mission is “To operate sustainably and successfully as a group of prosperous traders, Board and management team that provides a diverse and exciting cultural shopping experience that enhances our precinct, city and state”. ACMA is managed by a General Manager and a team of marketing and administrative specialists.

Adelaide Park Lands Authority

The Adelaide Park Lands are the crowning glory in Colonel William Light's design of the city of Adelaide - 900 hectares of Park Lands that hug the city and weave through the residential areas like a leafy figure of eight, creating the world's only city in a park. They are a place where residents and visitors alike go for recreation, relaxation and socialising, contributing to the health and wellbeing of those who use them. 

The Adelaide Park Lands Authority (APLA) was established by the Adelaide Park Lands Act 2005 (SA) as a subsidiary of the City of Adelaide. It advises both Council, who manages 80 per cent of the Park Lands, and the State Government, who manage the remaining 20 per cent, on the protection, management, enhancement and promotion of the Park Lands.

Rundle Mall Management Authority

Rundle Mall is the premier shopping destination and meeting place in Adelaide. With over 400,000 customers every week and 24 million visitors annually, Rundle Mall is the most popular attraction in the state of South Australia.

The Rundle Mall Management Authority (RMMA) is a subsidiary of City of Adelaide (CoA) and is governed by a Board of Directors who met monthly. It is a proactive strategic management group driven by the private business sector in order to enhance the City of Adelaide, and meet the challenges facing Rundle Mall in a competitive retail and commercial marketplace. They also have a General Manager and team of staff.