Declared in 1993, the Gladstone State Development Area (SDA), located north-west of Gladstone, is a defined area of land dedicated for industrial development and materials transportation infrastructure.

Comprising of 27,194 hectares of land adjacent to the Port of Gladstone, with connections to major rail networks and Australia's national highway, the Gladstone SDA is the ideal investment location for projects of national and international significance.

Gladstone SDA

The Gladstone SDA is open for business

The Gladstone SDA is perfectly positioned to meet the needs of large scale projects as evidenced by the major industries that are established within the SDA. The Gladstone SDA is currently home to:

The extensive list of types of business, industry and infrastructure below highlights the diverse range of industrial developments the Gladstone SDA is ready to accommodate:

Benefits of the Gladstone SDA

The Gladstone SDA provides many benefits to business and industry seeking to invest in Queensland including:

Managed by the Coordinator-General, the Gladstone SDA supports economic development in a way that considers environmental, cultural and social issues as well as existing industry and surrounding infrastructure within the region.

The Gladstone SDA Development Scheme

The Gladstone State Development Area Development Scheme (PDF icon 3.2MB) is a regulatory document that controls planning and development within the Gladstone SDA. First approved by the Governor in Council in 2001, the development scheme has been amended numerous times. The current version was approved in November 2015 following an extensive strategic review.

The development scheme contains a development assessment framework for making, assessing and deciding applications and requests relating to development within the Gladstone SDA, predominately land use and operational work for the clearing of native vegetation.

The development scheme is supported by a Public consultation policy (PDF icon 65 KB) that provides information on matters the Coordinator-General may consider when determining whether public consultation of an SDA application is required.

The Gladstone SDA maps and targeted land use precincts


Gladstone SDA success story - LNG

Land ownership

Gladstone SDA Land Use Protocol

Further information

For further information on the Gladstone SDA contact the SDA Division on 1800 001 048 or via This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.