Proposed Amendments to the Land Acquisition Act

The Department of Primary Industries, Parks, Water and Environment is requesting further feedback on proposed Amendments to the Land Acquisition Act 1993.  The amendments are designed to streamline the compulsory acquisition process and clarify a number of current ambiguities.

The Land Acquisition Act sets out the method and the process that is to be followed by the Crown, Local Government and Utilities for the acquisition of land from the community for specified purposes.

The Act is an essential legislative tool that enables an acquiring authority to acquire privately-owned land necessary for the construction of new public infrastructure. It also provides the basis for determination of compensation arising from the acquisition of that land. The ability to compulsorily acquire land provides an acquiring authority with a strong degree of certainty that it can obtain the necessary land required for the provision of public infrastructure.

This review only concerns reviewing the process for acquisition by compulsory process. The process for purchase by agreement or compulsory process by agreement is outside the scope of this review.

Issues Paper

An issues paper has been developed that puts forward the case for changing the legislation, and outlines each of the proposed amendments.

Download the Issues Paper

  Proposed Amendments to the Land Acquisition Act Issues Paper   (449Kb)


How to make a submission

You are invited to comment on any matters raised in the Issues Paper, including the identification of alternative approaches. All written submissions must be received by midnight 17 June 2018.

Forward submission to:


Office of the Valuer General
GPO Box 44
Hobart TAS 7001

Other than indicated below, submissions will be treated as public information and will be published on our website once consideration of the submissions has concluded.  

No personal information will be published other than an individual’s name or the organisation making a submission.

Accessibility of submissions

The Government recognises that not all individuals or groups are equally placed to access and understand information.  We are therefore committed to ensuring Government information is accessible and easily understood by people with diverse communication needs.

Where possible, please consider typing your submission in plain English and providing it in a format such as Microsoft Word or equivalent.

The Government cannot however take responsibility for the accessibility of documents provided by third parties.  

Important information to note

Your name (or the name of the organisation) will be published unless you request otherwise.

In the absence of a clear indication that a submission is intended to be treated as confidential (or parts of the submission), the Department will treat the submission as public.

If you would like your submission treated as confidential, whether in whole or in part, please indicate this in writing at the time of making your submission clearly identifying the parts of your submission you want to remain confidential and the reasons why. In this case, your submission will not be published to the extent of that request.

Copyright in submissions remains with the author(s), not with the Tasmanian Government.

The Department will not publish, in whole or in part, submissions containing defamatory or offensive material.  If your submission includes information that could enable the identification of other individuals then either all or parts of the submission will not be published.

The Right to Information Act 2009 and confidentiality

Information provided to the Government may be provided to an applicant under the provisions of the Right to Information Act 2009 (RTI).

If you have indicated that you wish all or part of your submission to be treated as confidential, your statement detailing the reasons may be taken into account in determining whether or not to release the information in the event of an RTI application for assessed disclosure.  You may also be contacted to provide any further comment.


Further information


OVG Enquiries
Phone: 03 6165 4444

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