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Infrastructure facilities of significance

Prior to 21 December 2012, when amendments to the State Development and Public Works Organisation Act 1971 took effect, proponents could apply for approval of their project as an 'infrastructure facility of significance' (IFS).

An IFS is a facility assessed by the Coordinator-General and approved by the Governor in Council as being of significance economically or socially to Australia, Queensland or the region in which the facility is to be constructed.

From 21 December 2012, proponents can no longer apply to have their infrastructure facilities approved as an IFS. Instead, proponents must seek approval as a 'private infrastructure facility' (PIF).

Although the term 'infrastructure facility of significance' will no longer be used for new projects, an approved IFS will continue to be known by that name (as opposed to a PIF).

View a list of approved IFS projects.

The former IFS provisions and guidelines will continue to apply to a:

  • request - prior to 21 December 2012 - made to the Coordinator-General for Governor in Council approval of an IFS and
  • request for the Coordinator-General to take land, for an IFS approved prior to 21 December 2012.

Consultation and negotiation

A proponent of an approved IFS must consult and negotiate with landowners and/or native title holders to:

  • acquire the land needed for the facility by agreement on commercial terms
  • enter into an indigenous land use agreement (where native title exists).


Proponents of an approved IFS are required to comply with the following statutory guidelines:

Taking of land

If these negotiations are unsuccessful, the proponent may - as a last resort - apply to the Coordinator-General to compulsorily acquire the land in question.

Before any application to compulsorily acquire is considered, the proponent must provide evidence to the Coordinator-General that reasonable steps were taken to secure the land by agreement, and pay the relevant fee.

Land is compulsorily acquired under the processes set out in the:

Landowners and native title holders have the right to object to any proposed compulsory acquisition of their land or native title rights/interests.


Proponents must pay the fee prescribed in Schedule 7, Part 2 of the State Development and Public Works Organisation Regulation 2020.

Fee schedule 1 January 2021 to 31 December 2021

The Application fee to assess a request to take land for a proposed infrastructure facility under former section 125(1)(f) of the SDPWO Act is $65,988.

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 approval.

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:

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 IFS Application)

Last updated: Tuesday, Feb 23, 2021