Regional Impact Assessment Statements

The South Australian Government is committed to ensuring effective consultation and communication with regional South Australian communities prior to implementing decisions which significantly impact community services levels and standards.

As part of its commitment, the State Government created the Regional Impact Assessment Statement Policy.

The policy requires government agencies to prepare and publish RIAS prior to implementing significant changes to existing, or introducing new, government services in regional areas.

This page includes a section-by-section description of the RIAS Policy.

You can download each section individually under the headings below.

Policy Principles

The Regional Impact Assessment Statement Policy (PDF 29.8 KB) is based on the principles of:

  • community and stakeholder consultation for open, accountable and responsible decision-making
  • transparency of administration
  • reasonable equity in accessing government services and facilities
  • the degree of impact being relative to the population and size of the service delivery area concerned (viewed from the perspective of those whom it will affect).

Initiating a RIAS

The RIAS process applies to a decision by a government agency that, when implemented, will result in a significant change in the standard or level of services provided to a regional community. This includes the introduction of new services.

The RIAS process provides an opportunity for community involvement and consultation in relation to any planned significant change to services and is prepared prior to the implementation of any change. This document is public.

Factors to be considered

When undertaking a RIAS, consideration needs to be given to both the positive and negative impacts of the proposed change, including any flow-on effects. The economic, environmental, equity and social and community factors must be considered, broadly and dispassionately.

Consultation and Engagement

Central to preparing a RIAS is the consultation and engagement of the regional community and other relevant stakeholders. RIAS engagement involves consulting the community in accordance with the State Government’s Better Together Principles of Engagement.


The extent of detail should match the complexity of the issue and ultimately be determined by the agency Chief Executive.

The level of assessment for a project should be guided by common sense and logic and will vary depending upon the:

  • size and complexity of the issue
  • level of controversy
  • potential for community impact.

Further information and assistance

A proforma guiding document is available as a framework to guide your own analysis and assessment.

Previous Regional Impact Assessment Statements may also be of assistance when you are preparing your RIAS.

View a list of Terminology and Definitions (PDF 18.7 KB) used throughout the RIAS Policy and Guidelines.

Links to external sites

Role of Regions SA

The role of Regions SA is to facilitate the successful preparation of RIAS by agencies. We do this by:

  • providing, where available, relevant information or contacts to agencies
  • reviewing and evaluating, in conjunction with the Cabinet Office, the implementation of the policy by agencies from time to time
  • receiving a copy of each Regional Impact Assessment Statement from agencies
  • publishing each Regional Impact Assessment Statement on the PIRSA website
  • developing, in consultation with Cabinet Office, coordinated training for agencies in regional impacts.

Contact us

Regions SA
Phone: (08) 8429 0507

Page Last Reviewed: 29 Dec 2017
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