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Land acquisition review

There are times when government agencies need to acquire land for public purposes such as public infrastructure. The Land acquisition review will consider how to improve the acquisition process for all involved.

The NSW Government wants the process to be fair, easy to understand and transparent. The government aims to strike the right balance between landowners’ rights and delivering essential public infrastructure.

Legislation

The Land Acquisition (Just Terms Compensation) Act 1991 (the Just Terms Act) sets out the processes that the government must follow to acquire land from a landowner for a public purpose. The government can do this compulsorily or by agreement.

A public purpose may include the development of public roads, public transport, airports, schools or hospitals.

Consultation

The department consulted key government agencies and acquiring authorities, including local councils, in late-2023. The department received 31 submissions with over 400 individual comments. We consolidated these into key themes and have drafted a discussion paper detailing possible areas for improvement.

We will publish the discussion paper on the NSW Government’s Have your say for community feedback. The discussion paper (PDF, 1.9 MB) presents options to improve the Act and government acquisition processes.

Have your say

We encourage members of the community and interested stakeholders to respond to the discussion paper and give suggestions to the Just Terms Act and whole-of-government acquisition processes.

Submissions will be open from Friday 22 March to 5 pm Friday 3 May 2024.

Have your say

Information sessions

Face-to-face information sessions will be held in Sydney, Hunter, North Coast, South Coast, Central West, New England and Riverina regions:

Nowra

Date: Wednesday 27 March 2024

Time: 10 am to 11.30 am

Venue: Shoalhaven Ex-Servicemen’s Club, 157 Junction Street

Singleton

Date: Wednesday 3 April 2024

Time: 10 am to 11.30 am

Venue: Singleton Diggers, 49 Castlereagh Street

Dubbo

Date: Thursday 4 April 2024

Time: 10 am to 11.30 am

Venue: Dubbo RSL Memorial Club, Level 1, 178 Brisbane Street

Coffs Harbour

Date: Wednesday 10 April 2024

Time: 10 am to 11.30 am

Venue: Coffs Ex-Services Club, 2–6 Vernon Street

Armidale

Date: Thursday 11 April 2024

Time: 10 am to 11.30 am

Venue: Armidale City Bowling Club, 92–96 Dumaresq Street

Parramatta

Date: Monday 15 April 2024

Time: 10 am to 11.30 am

Venue: Parramatta Leagues Club, 1 Eels Place

Leppington/Prestons

Date: Monday 15 April 2024

Time: 3 pm to 4.30 pm

Venue: Liverpool Catholic Club, 424-458 Hoxton Park Road

Date: Wednesday 17 April 2024

Time: 10 am to 11.30 am

Venue: Wagga RSL, Corner of Kincaid and Dobbs Street

Webinars

April

Date: Monday 8 April 2024

Time: 11 am to 12 noon

April

Date: Monday 15 April 2024

Time: 4 pm to 5 pm

Current review

The NSW Government, led by the Department of Planning, Housing and Infrastructure, is:

  • conducting a review of the Just Terms Act, taking into account the concerns raised in the Parliamentary Inquiry into the acquisition of land in relation to major transport projects
  • reviewing the whole-of-government approach to property acquisitions
  • ensuring that NSW Government agencies and the public are involved in this review through consultation.

The review will consider matters raised by government, non-government, and industry groups, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities and the public.

Parliamentary inquiry

The Parliamentary Inquiry into the acquisition of land in relation to major transport projects reviewed acquisition of land by Transport for NSW and related agencies in relation to major transport projects. This was done by the Legislative Council Portfolio Committee No.6, which tabled its report on 10 August 2022.

The inquiry made 10 recommendations. Of these:

  • 2 recommendations were supported
  • 7 were supported in-principle
  • a further recommendation was directed to the Legislative Council, so did not require a response.

Next steps

After the department analyses feedback from the public consultation, it will recommend to the government ways to improve:

  • the Just Terms Act
  • whole-of-government processes and procedures for land acquisition.

Email questions about the review to [email protected] or phone 02 4063 6717.

Review process

Start of the review

Government consultation

Public consultation

22 March to 3 May 2024

Have your say – a public consultation with all stakeholders.

Mid-2024

Compile feedback and prepare any suggested changes and process improvements.

Mid- to late-2024

Present recommendations for the government to consider.

Recommendations to government