Proposed Amendments to the Land Acquisition Act
Department of Primary Industries, Parks, Water and Environment is currently
drafting proposed Amendments to the
Land Acquisition Act 1993. The
amendments are designed to streamline the compulsory acquisition process.
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.
The Office of the
Valuer-General published an Issues Paper on the DPIPWE website on 16 June 2002
inviting any comments on the nine proposed changes to the Land Acquisition
Act 1993. The focus of seven of the intended changes were primarily in
relation to the issue of electronic signatures and service regarding Notices to
Treat and Notices of Acquisition. The other two changes related to making
timeframes for service of notices consistent with the balance of that
The Issues Paper was also
distributed to key stakeholders within Tasmania covering all those
organisations and groups that have had an interest
or role in the land acquisition process. This
included 29 Councils, Tas Water, Aurora Energy, Tas Irrigation and governmental
departments, including the Department of State Growth. Submissions were
received from two Councils. The consensus was that the amendments to the
Act to enable electronic signature and service of documents will streamline the
encouraged to make comment on or before the 16 July 2020.
A copy of the Land
Acquisitions Issue Paper June 2020 is attached below together with the
Stakeholder Feedback Report July 2020 to those Submissions.
The Land (Miscellaneous Amendments) Bill 2020 has been drafted by the office of Parliamentary Counsel and is up for public consultation.
Land-Acquisition-Issues-Paper June 2020 (372Kb)
Land Acquisition Act Stakeholder Feedback (435Kb)