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.

View a list of approved IFS projects.

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, approved IFS will continue to be known by that name (as opposed to a PIF).

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.

Land acquisition

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).

Guidelines

Proponents of approved infrastructure facilities of significance (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. Application Fees for assessing a request to take land are described below.

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.

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.

Fees

Proponents must pay the fee prescribed in Schedule 1E, Part 2 of the State Development and Public Works Organisation Regulation 2010.

Fee schedule 1 January 2020 to 31 December 2020

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 $65,594.

Please note:

  • Goods and services tax (GST) does not apply to these fees.
  • Application fees are not refundable.
  • The making of an application and payment of the relevant fee does not guarantee approval.

Annual adjustment of fees

The application fees prescribed in the State Development and Public Works Organisation Regulation 2010 were current if the fees became payable prior to 2013. The fees are increased in line with the Consumer Price Index (CPI) from 2013 onwards.

The fees are 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 2020 is 1.9%.

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"
  • 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 PIF Application’)

The department's ABN is 29 230 178 530.