The State Development and Public Works Organisation Act 1971 (SDPWO Act) facilitates timely, coordinated and environmentally responsible infrastructure planning and development to support Queensland's economic and social progress.

The SDPWO Act was originally passed in 1938 by William Forgan Smith's Labor government as a post-Depression measure to encourage public works and generate employment.


Commonly referred to as the 'Coordinator-General's Act', the SDPWO Act provides for the appointment of a Coordinator-General as a corporation sole, representing the Crown.

The Act gives the Coordinator-General significant powers to (among other things):

Other key provisions

In addition, the Act establishes:

Amendments to Act

The SDPWO Act was substantially amended in 1971, when the Coordinator-General's powers were expanded to include supervision of the environment.

Further amendments have been made over the past 40 years. The most recent amendments include:

Related regulations