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:

  • Rio Tinto (formerly Comalco) alumina refinery
  • Orica chemical manufacturing complex
  • Transpacific Industries waste management and recycling facility
  • Australia Pacific LNG
  • Santos Gladstone LNG
  • Queensland Curtis LNG
  • Southern Oil's northern oil refinery.

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:

  • large-scale, large-footprint industrial development
  • industrial development requiring access to strategic port logistics and maritime facilities
  • port-related activities
  • industries to support major industrial development
  • materials transportation infrastructure and utility and service infrastructure
  • gas transportation infrastructure and other compatible infrastructure.

Benefits of the Gladstone SDA

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

  • access to the Port of Gladstone, Queensland's largest multi-commodity port, handling more than 30 different products
  • proximity to rail with linkages to Brisbane, Rockhampton and the coal mines in the Bowen Basin
  • extensive road networks with access points to the Bruce and Dawson Highways and direct access to the Port of Gladstone for the transportation of heavy goods without impacting Gladstone's dense population areas
  • greater planning and development certainty for project proponents
  • fast-tracking economic development through efficient processing of applications and requests
  • best practice land-use planning and management - ensuring land and infrastructure assets are, and remain, attractive to existing occupants and potential investors
  • more efficient use of land including the creation of a dedicated multi-user infrastructure corridor for linear materials transportation and services to link infrastructure to industries within the Gladstone SDA and the Port of Gladstone
  • the majority of land within the SDA is within State ownership (owned by either the Coordinator-General or the Minister for Economic Development Queensland)
  • access to a diverse skilled workforce within the Gladstone region
  • concentration of industrial development in selected areas, thereby minimising or avoiding:
    • environmental impacts
    • loss of amenity
    • infrastructure duplications
    • transport conflicts.

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.