On 1 August 2017, the State Planning Commission assumed the functions of the Development Policy Advisory Committee (DPAC).
Any functions previously performed by the DPAC are now the responsibility of the Commission, through appointing a Hearing Panel as necessary to deal with the matter.
In accordance with section 29(1)(c) of the Planning, Development and Infrastructure Act 2016 (PDI Act), the Commission can appoint a Hearing Panel or a committee as necessary to act on its behalf to carry out designated functions or the exercise of its powers.
- Allan Holmes (chair)
- Craig Holden (deputy chair)
- Bruce Harry
- Deborah Lindsay
- Ron Danvers
- Elizabeth Little
- Jenny Newman
- Representative of Heritage SA, Department of Environment and Water.
Building Fire Safety Committee (BFSC)
Local government councils are required through the provisions of the Planning, Development & Infrastructure Act 2016 (PDI Act) to form a Building Fire Safety Committee (BFSC) to take on the role of investigating building fire safety.
Councils play an important role in protecting the safety of people that visit, live and use buildings. To ensure buildings are safe to use, it is important that fire safety items installed as part of the building approvals are operational and maintained.
The BFSC are responsible for undertaking delegated building-related fire safety investigation functions in protecting the ongoing safety of building occupiers and users and ensuring building owners are maintaining proper levels of fire safety for the protection of all who use these buildings regularly and/or occasionally.
On 24 October 2019, the State Planning Commission established the Building Fire Safety Committee (BFSC) for Out of Council Areas as an ‘appropriate authority’ for the purposes of section 157 of the PDI Act to review and monitor building fire safety in South Australia’s out-of-council areas.
Prior to establishing the BFSC for Out of Council Areas, the Commission assumed these responsibilities and functions for out-of-council areas – a role that was previously the responsibility of the Development Assessment Commission under the Development Act 1993.
Under section 157(17) of the PDI Act, the Commission has appointed the following members to the BFSC for Out of Council Areas:
- Jodie Evans (Chair)
- Colin Paton (CFS Fire Safety Officer)
- Louis Palumbo (Principal Building Officer)
- Mark Sutton (Outback Communities Expert)