Our Committees

UDIA SA Committees assist in leading the planning, implementation and delivery of the Institute's policy and advocacy agenda.

The UDIA convenes several committees that assist in actively identifying and addressing strategic opportunities and challenges faced by the urban development industry. Their purpose is to advocate for the reform and improvement of the urban development industry consistent with our objectives and mission

Committees support the work of the UDIA in many ways including: 

  • Assisting in informing the public and members on topics relevant to the urban development industry 
  • Helping through the research and preparation of responses and submission to changes in policies and legislation 
  • Monitoring trends and issues faced by the sector that are not consistent with good town planning, economic stability, ethics and the public interest


Why join a committee?
Being part of a UDIA policy committee provides members with the opportunity shape the association’s responses in a range of policy and advocacy areas relating to the urban development industry. Being a member of a committee also provides professional development opportunities and a way in which urban development professionals can make a positive contribution to a better South Australia.


What is takes to be part of a successful committee
Committee meetings take place a minimum of every month at our offices in the Adelaide CBD. Committee meetings are held in person; however we know that this isn’t always possible so we also offer the option to participate virtually on an ad-hoc basis. Committee members should also expect to contribute outside of the face-to-face meetings from time to time. 


Expressions of interest now open for 2021-22

The committee structure has been re-focused for the 2021-22 term ensuring a broad base of policy expertise as we emerge from the pandemic and head into the next state election, and we are now inviting any members interested in joining a committee to express their interest by filling out a short form as the first stage of the process.

The selection of committee members will made based on criteria that includes the skill sets of each individual, and diversity. The number of representatives put forward by each member company will also be taken into consideration. 

Submit your EOI here


Committee overview

Urban Futures Committee - Planning

The Urban Futures Committee - Planning will investigate and recommend the best ways in which Adelaide and South Australia can grow in the future by influencing the state’s planning strategy. It will consider demographic trends, land supply and demand, zoning, consumer preferences and living trends, housing diversity and product types, affordability, transportation links and connectivity, social infrastructure, and sustainability. In the short term the committee will assist in the monitoring and response to the Environment and Food Protection Areas review, Metropolitan Growth Management Strategy, 30 Year Plan and other policy announcements. The committee will also identify gaps in data collection/management that is required for better decision making by Government. The longer-term goals for the committee will be to begin work on assisting the UDIA to develop a 20-year city strategy. The committee will work closely with the Urban Futures Committee -Infrastructure.

Urban Futures Committee - Infrastructure

This committee will investigate and recommend ways in which Adelaide and South Australia can grow into the future through better infrastructure planning, funding and coordination. The committee will objectively research and report on the component costs of different types of infrastructure. The committee will also investigate current and alternative funding models, considering the flow on impact for end users, both in terms of cost and enjoyment. This committee will also work closely with the Urban Futures Committee - Planning. In the short term the committee will continue the previous committee’s work on models for the private sector and government to improve arrangements that address risk around infrastructure delivery such as bonding, vesting and overall state and local government standards.

Developer Finance, Tax and Regulation Committee

This committee will monitor market trends and regulatory changes that impact the viability and cost of developments. The committee will recommend policy responses to the changes and matters including, but not limited to, valuations, contributions schemes, government taxes and charges and any other financial regulatory matter that has a material impact on the viability of development. The committee will also assist the UDIA on its response to monitoring red and green tape impacts as well as considering the effectiveness of affordable housing measures and policies that are imposed on the sector. The committee will also assist in the UDIA’s goal to eliminate stamp duty, and reform the tax system to be more efficient and equitable.

Environment and Sustainability Committee

This committee will consider the intersection of government policy and the development sector as it relates to site contamination and change of land-use. In addition to the continuous monitoring of regulatory requirements imposed through legislation and/or authorities, the committee will also assist the UDIA in developing responses and policy suggestions for improvement of legislation and regulation related to the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Act, Environment Protection Authority, Green Adelaide and aspects of the Planning Development and Infrastructure Act (PDI). The committee will also provide advice and suggestions for the UDIA to champion and support environmentally sustainable policies for Adelaide. This aspect will be in coordination with Urban Futures Committee - Planning.

Planning Committee 

This committee will continue to monitor and review the new planning system, focusing on the effectiveness of the new Planning and Design Code, assessment process (including design review) and any other matters related to the PDI Act and associated regulations. The committee will support the UDIA by interpreting code amendments and any other planning code changes for the purpose of communicating those changes to the wider membership. The committee will also monitor and advise on any relevant matters related to development approvals including recent case law, practice directions or differing interpretations and trends by different assessment authorities.

Infrastructure Committee

This committee will provide a forum for the authorities to provide regular summaries related to power, water, road, gas and communication infrastructure for the purpose of communicating those summaries to the wider membership. In addition to receiving updates, the committee will provide an opportunity for UDIA members to act as a reference group and provide feedback to authorities on potential changes to technical standards and regulation.

Diversity in Development Committee

This committee will assist the UDIA to continue to promote diversity in the development sector. The committee will make suggestions and recommendations for the UDIA to educate and promote among its members and the broader community on how the sector can drive meaningful change. The committee is focused on inclusion, equity, education, mentoring and community engagement to encourage greater diversity and workforce participation across the sector.

Young Professionals Group

The Young Professionals Group provides an opportunity for up-and-coming young professionals who are committed to learning and growing their experience and skills to access a dedicated program of events and presentations. Members of the group will receive the support and guidance of experienced leaders in the development sector as mentors to encourage positive career growth, as well as a range of leaders and speakers from Government and other sectors. To share insights of the next generation of UDIA leaders, group members will also contribute from time to time to other committee work of the UDIA.