The role of the Coordinator-General was established in 1938 to coordinate the provision of public infrastructure and encourage development and the creation of jobs in post-Depression times.
The Coordinator-General administers the State Development and Public Works Organisation Act 1971 (SDPWO Act), along with the relevant Minister.
Under the SDPWO Act, the Coordinator-General has wide-ranging powers to plan, deliver and coordinate large-scale infrastructure projects, while ensuring their environmental impacts are properly managed.
These projects, in turn, promote economic and social development in Queensland.
Over the past eight decades, the Coordinator-General’s role has evolved from being concentrated solely on public works to being principally focused on facilitating and regulating private-sector infrastructure projects.
Many of these projects have stemmed from rising world demand for Queensland’s natural resources, most notably coal and coal seam gas.
Under the SDPWO Act, the Coordinator-General can, for example:
- undertake or commission investigations, prepare plans, give directions and take any other measures the Coordinator-General thinks necessary or desirable to plan, build and regulate infrastructure developments for Queensland.
- establish a program of works
- declare a project to be a significant project and coordinate the environmental impact assessment of the project
- declare a project to be a prescribed project
- declare state development areas and oversee development in these areas
- recommend to the Minister and Governor in Council that the Coordinator-General, a local body or another person undertake works on behalf of the Coordinator-General
- acquire land or easements for:
- authorised works
- works included in a program of works or approved development scheme
- works undertaken by a local body or a department of the state government
- state development areas
- an infrastructure facility of significance.