Under the State Development and Public Works Organisation Act 1971, a proponent of an infrastructure facility may apply to the Coordinator-General for approval as a ‘private infrastructure facility’ (PIF). Approval of a project as a PIF is valid for 2 years from the day it is declared.

The types of infrastructure facilities that may qualify for consideration as a PIF include (but are not limited to):

  • road, railway, bridge or other transport facility
  • electricity generation, transmission or distribution facilities
  • oil or gas storage, transmission or distribution facilities.

PIF assessment process

Private infrastructure facilities process

Legend - grey box Pre-lodgement of PIF application
Legend - blue box PIF assessment process under SDPWO Act

The process for PIF assessments is set out in Part 6 Division 7 of the State Development and Public Works Organisation Act 1971.


Before lodging a PIF application,the infrastructure facility proponent must:

Relationship with guidelines

As part of the Government's commitment to streamline processes and reduce red tape, the Statutory Guidelines for PIF projects were removed on 1 October 2014.

There are no longer any guidelines to be met by proponents. However, a Private Infrastructure Facility Practical Guide (PDF icon 503 KB) has been developed to give assistance for proponent's preparing PIF applications.

Relationship to ‘infrastructure facility of significance’

On 21 December 2012, amendments to the State Development and Public Works Organisation Act 1971 took effect.

Some of the amendments relate to ‘infrastructure facility of significance’ (IFS) provisions, which have been repealed and replaced by the PIF provisions.

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

However, projects previously approved as an IFS or for which an application for approval as an IFS was made prior to the commencement of the amendments, will remain subject to the former IFS provisions.