Business plans (supporting documents)


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.