Unlocking the Economy
Greater Adelaide is South Australia’s engine room, contributing more than 80% of Gross State Product. The patterns of production and employment are changing, with the services, information and communications technology, and retail and commercial sectors replacing manufacturing as key economic drivers. The structure of our city and its transport system will need to respond to these changes.
Knowledge-intensive activities predominantly agglomerate in the city and to a lesser extent in other employment centres. This means that our employment areas need to be more flexible, we need to locate more housing in close proximity to the city and activity centres, and better utilise public transport connections to link people with jobs. There has been substantial growth in new industries such as renewable energy, education and clean technology. There is also enormous potential for our premium food and wine production to grow. To enable this, we need to create conditions that better support primary production and related agri-business investment and development.
The planning system has an integral role in enabling private-sector planning decisions in relation to commercial, retail and industrial development and therefore can influence economic outcomes and employment growth. For Adelaide to be competitive in a global economy we must stimulate this new economy by removing unnecessary red tape to business growth, accelerating approvals processes and ensuring that regulations support opportunity.
The Update has 14 policy themes which outline the policies and actions which will help us achieve our targets. The most relevant ones are listed below.