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.
An issues paper has been developed that puts forward the case for changing the legislation, and outlines each of the proposed amendments.
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Proposed Amendments to the Land Acquisition Act Issues Paper (449Kb)
The period for submissions on the proposed amendments to the Land Acquisition Act has now closed. All submissions will be reviewed and a Stakeholder and Community Consultation Report is being prepared.