Queensland's Coordinator-General is responsible for the planning, establishment and ongoing management of SDAs throughout Queensland.

In an SDA, the Coordinator-General:

  1. controls land-use activities
  2. implements the development scheme
  3. assesses and decides all development applications related to the use of land
  4. has compulsory land acquisition powers.

SDAs are declared under section 77 of the State Development and Public Works Organisation Act 1971.