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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. Further information (PDF icon 122 KB) about the history of the Coordinator-General.

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
  • recommend to the Minister and Governor in Council to declare part of the state to be a state development area (SDA)
  • control planning and oversee development by controlling land use in 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.