Proposed Amendments to the Land Acquisition Act

​​​The Department of Primary Industries, Parks, Water and Environment is currently drafting proposed Amendments to the
Land Acquisition Act 1993The 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 Act.

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 process significantly.

Stakeholders were 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 Miscellaneous Amendments Bill 2020   (832Kb)

If you require further information regarding the progress of these amendments please contact

  Land-Acquisition-Issues-Paper June 2020   (372Kb)

  Land Acquisition Act Stakeholder Feedback   (435Kb)


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