Documents and publications

20 Result(s) Found


Arts and Cultural Development Action Plan 2022-25(PDF, 3MB)

Plain English summary(PDF, 753KB)

Community Capacity Strategic Plan 2021-24(PDF, 1003KB)

Plain English summary(PDF, 521KB)

Inclusive Communities Action Plan 2021-2024(PDF, 4MB)

Easy Read version(PDF, 7MB)

Libraries Strategic Plan(PDF, 3MB)

Plain English summary(PDF, 456KB)

Reconciliation Action Plan 2022-2024(PDF, 2MB)

Plain English summary(PDF, 211KB)

Sport and Active Recreation Action Plan 2021-2025(PDF, 3MB)

Plain English summary(PDF, 434KB)


Onkaparinga Local Area Plan(PDF, 20MB)

Plain English summary(PDF, 469KB)

Onkaparinga Local Area Plan - plan on a page(PDF, 280KB)

Sellicks Beach Structure Plan(PDF, 6MB)

Open Space Strategic Plan(PDF, 8MB)

View the Open Space Network map

Road Network Plan(PDF, 6MB)

View the Road Network Plan map

Trails and Cycling Strategic Plan(PDF, 2MB)

View the trails map(PDF, 3MB)

Plain English summary(PDF, 231KB)


Climate Change Response Plan 2022-2027(PDF, 2MB)

Plan on a page(PDF, 742KB)

Plain English summary(PDF, 372KB)

Economic Growth and Investment Strategic Plan - Due 2022. 

Tourism Strategic Plan 2019-2023(PDF, 36MB)

Plain English summary(PDF, 591KB)

Waste and Recycling Strategic Plan(PDF, 4MB)

Plain English summary(PDF, 211KB)


Annual Business Plan(PDF, 19MB) (key document) 

Plain English summary(PDF, 533KB)

Annual Business Plan snapshot(PDF, 691KB)

Long Term Financial Plan(PDF, 2MB) (key document)

Plain English summary(PDF, 719KB)

Strategic Asset Management Plan(PDF, 17MB) (key document) 

Plain English summary(PDF, 260KB)

Role statements

We use the following role statements to guide its decision making and to ensure it stays focused on its areas of responsibility, uses resources efficiently and effectively engages in partnerships with others where necessary. 

Service provider


Council is required by legislation to provide a specific service (e.g. development policy and assessment).


Council is responsible and provides full or majority of the resources for a service (e.g. recreation, sports, arts facilities).


Council contributes minority/part resourcing to a service for which others have responsibility (e.g. major events such as Tour Down Under).


Council provides a service on behalf of others (often with funding) that involves ‘hosting’ or other in-kind use of Council resources (e.g. home and community care programs).

Owner custodian

Council own or manages infrastructure, facilities, reserves and natural areas. This is a supporting role to ‘Service Provider’ and will appear together with one of these provider roles, and has particular public liability responsibilities.


Council will make representations on behalf of the community and seek support from others who are able to apply influence to an issue, or funding/investment/resources to a service, project or area. 

Initiator / Facilitator

Council will bring together or connect stakeholders to pursue an issue, opportunity or shared interest or service and determine appropriate action. 

Information provider / Promoter

Council will provide information or promote opportunities related to community services, events, people and places.

Policy principles

These policy principles underpin all of the decisions made by Council. They guide our strategic planning and action, the design of processes, facilities and services, and the management of our assets.

Putting people first

We place people first through the promotion of leadership, imagination, initiative, learning, trust, participation and service. We focus on the needs and aspirations of people and then shape services, processes, products, places, infrastructure, and facilities, to suit. We build personal safety and promote choices for healthy, active living.

Enabling equity

We value equity, recognising that there are inequalities across our region and in our communities (whether due to history, socioeconomic factors, location, age or culture). We work to address these inequalities so that our communities have equitable access to opportunities and services. We protect the options and aspirations of future generations.

Promoting strengths

We recognise and respect our strengths - protecting and celebrating our natural, cultural, and economic strengths and heritage, and building upon these in developing the region. We aim to increase the integration between social, environmental and economic activities. 

Seeking to understand

We make informed decisions that rely on input from genuine community and stakeholder engagement and the best available knowledge, applied to the Onkaparinga context.

Being resourceful

We are resourceful and live within our limits and means, focusing on possibilities, solutions, adaptations and initiatives that catalyse and add value. We learn from mistakes and use land, energy, resources, infrastructure and facilities efficiently. 

Encouraging investment

We invest in our region – maximising potential for local business, employment and market-based competition. We recognise the strengths of the private, government and non-government sectors working together for community benefit. We pursue sustainable growth, including the ongoing renewal of older areas.

Working strategically towards our vision

We are strategic and apply a systematic approach that sees the bigger picture, understands immediate and longer term implications, anticipates opportunity, manages uncertainty and determines policy to guide activity. Our dealings are transparent and we are accountable for our performance. 

Councils in South Australia are able to establish by-laws under the Local Government Act 1999. By-laws are local laws established by councils to deal with issues specific to the areas under the care and control of council. 

The City of Onkaparinga recently renewed its by-laws which will now be in place until 1 January 2024 (excluding By-Law 7 Dogs which expires on 30 June 2030), as below:

By-law 1 Permits and penalties

A by-law to create a permit system for Council’s by-laws, to fix maximum and continuing penalties for offences, and for the construction of Council by-laws.

By-law 1 - Permits and penalties(PDF, 1MB)

By-law 2 Moveable signs

This by-law sets standards for moveable signs on roads and provides conditions for the placement of such signs.

By-law 2 - Moveable signs(PDF, 2MB)

Council has determined that businesses may display A/T frame or feather style signs without requiring a permit if in accordance with the guidelines below:

Guidelines for the placement of moveable signs(PDF, 301KB)

All other sign types require a permit – please contact our Compliance Team on 8384 0666 for more information on moveable signs.

By-law 3 Roads

This by-law regulates activities on roads in the Council’s area.

By-law 3 - Roads(PDF, 2MB)

Activities requiring a permit include:

  • amplification
  • animals
  • camping
  • donations
  • obstructions
  • preaching
  • public exhibitions
  • vehicles

By-law 4 Local Government land

This By-law regulates access to and use of Local Government land (other than roads and foreshore areas), and certain public places.

By-law 4 - Local Government land(PDF, 5MB)

Council has made a number of determinations in relation to local government land summarised as follows:


Camping is no longer permitted at Clarendon Oval.


Horses are permitted on the reserves listed as part of the City of Onkaparinga’s horse trail network. 

Horse Trails

By-law 6 Foreshore

This by-law regulates access to and use of Local Government Land comprising the foreshore and nearby areas.

By-law 6 - Foreshore(PDF, 276KB)

Council has made a number of determinations in relation to the foreshore areas as follows:


Boats may be launched from a number of foreshore areas at parts of Sellicks Beach, Aldinga Beach, Moana, Port Noarlunga, and the Christies Beach and O’Sullivan’s Beach boat ramps.

See also: Watercraft launch areas


Horses are permitted on certain beaches at certain times (times change with daylight savings). 

View more information on each of the beaches available for horse riding.


Vehicle access is permitted on certain beaches at certain times.

Cars on beach permit

By-law 7 Dogs

This by-law allows for the management and control of dogs in the council area and limits the number of dogs kept on premises.

By-law 7 - Dogs(PDF, 12MB)

Council has made a number of determinations in relation to dogs, including on and off leash areas and set limits on the number of dogs allowed for each property without a permit.

Additional information

Pets and animals




More Information

For more information on the application of the above by-laws, please contact our Community Rangers team on 8384 0666 or via

Please note that council no longer requires a by-law for the management of bird scarers (previously No.5), with control of such devices now managed by state government legislation.

Legislated council charters

Council are required by legislation to prepare a charter for a subsidiary of council or a regional subsidiary of council by the constituent councils.

Council Solutions

Council Solutions is a joint initiative of the Cities of AdelaideCharles SturtMarionOnkaparingaSalisbury and Tea Tree Gully (Constituent Councils). Established as a Regional Authority in December 2012 in accordance with the Local Government Act 1999 (SA), its purpose is to optimise the financial sustainability of its constituent councils through the benefits of collaborative strategic procurement and contract negotiation and management.

Council Solutions Charter(PDF, 132KB)

Council Solutions

Southern Region Waste Resource Authority (SRWRA)

SRWRA is a joint initiative of the Cities of Onkaparinga, Marion and Holdfast Bay (Constituent Councils). Established as a Regional Authority in 1998 and is in accordance with the Local Government Act, 1999 (SA). It is responsible for providing and operating waste management services on behalf of the constituent councils.

Southern Region Waste Resource Authority (SRWRA) Regional Subsidiary Charter(PDF, 91KB)



Section 44 of the Local Government Act 1999 allows Council to delegate many of its powers and functions (within certain stated conditions and exemptions) to the Chief Executive Officer (CEO), who may then sub-delegate those powers and functions to other responsible staff.  Council may also delegate their powers and functions to a Committee of Council. 

As an officer who holds delegations, they may choose not to exercise that delegation and bring a matter direct to Council for direction. Furthermore, delegations can be revoked at any time by Council.

To meet council’s operational requirements a Delegations Register has been established as a record of these powers and functions that have been delegated from Council to the CEO.

Delegations Register(PDF, 3MB)


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