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Application for PIF

If the proponent is unable to reach agreement with the registered owner (and the native title parties if applicable) the proponent may make an application for the approval of the project as private infrastructure facility and for the Coordinator-General to take the land required for the infrastructure facility. However, the application can only be made if:

  • the project has been declared a coordinated project for which an EIS is required, the Coordinator-General has publicly notified the Coordinator-General’s report for the project, and the Coordinator-General’s report has not lapsed or
  • the Coordinator-General is satisfied that an adequate environmental assessment has been carried out for the project in accordance with an environmental assessment process under an Act.

The application must identify the land that the proponent is applying to the Coordinator-General to acquire for the proposed infrastructure facility (the subject land). The subject land must be consistent with the land assessed in the EIS or other environmental assessment process carried out for the project.


The PIF application must be in writing and meet all the relevant requirements in section 153AA(2) of the State Development and Public Works Organisation Act 1971.

These requirements include proof of the steps taken by the proponent during the negotiation stage to purchase the land and/or bring about the surrender of native title.


Proponents must also pay the PIF application fee prescribed in the State Development and Public Works Organisation Regulation 2020.

Fee schedule 1 January 2021 to 31 December 2021

Private infrastructure facility application under section 153AA of the SDPWO Act$131,975

Please note:

  • goods and services tax (GST) does not apply to this fee
  • the making of an application and payment of the relevant fee does not guarantee that the application will be approved.

This fee is adjusted on 1 January each year to reflect movements in the CPI over the 12 months to 30 September of the previous year. The CPI is based on the all groups index for Brisbane published by the Australian Bureau of Statistics. The CPI increase for fees payable in 2021 is 0.6%.

Additional costs

The Coordinator-General is also able to recover from the proponent reasonable costs of any services or advice which the Coordinator-General considers necessary to either decide on an application or take other action in relation to the project. Goods and services tax (GST) is applicable.

How to pay

Payment can be made via cheque, care of Department of State Development, Manufacturing, Infrastructure and Planning.

Alternatively, via direct bank deposit to the following account:

Account name: Department of State Development, Manufacturing, Infrastructure and Planning
BSB: 064-013
Account number: 10007096
Reference: Please include the name of the project and stage of the process that the payment relates to (e.g. ‘XYZ Project PIF Application’)

Further information

Last updated: Tuesday, Feb 23, 2021