Frequently Asked Questions
The Crown Land Assessment and Classification Project assessed and classified all unallocated Crown land and Public Reserves in Tasmania. The aim of the Project was to enable informed decisions to be made on the most appropriate future tenure of the land, which will complete the Crown land classification process.
In total, the Project initially assessed about 184,000 hectares, which comprised approximately 2.7% of the area of Tasmania. The area comprised 163,000 hectares of unallocated Crown land and 21,000 hectares of Public Reserve. The area comprised of over 7000 separate properties (made up of 9000 land parcels) throughout Tasmania.
An initial desktop assessment of the land was undertaken, drawing on information that was readily available and accessible through computer databases. The data included information on the location of the land, known conservation or cultural heritage values, the current use of the land and identified potential public use of the land. Using this information, suggested allocations were proposed and used as the basis for consultation with the public, local government and other stakeholders before final recommendations are made to Government.
The allocations recommended under the Project are:
- Reservation under the Nature Conservation Act 2002, for significant natural and/or cultural values
- Reservation for public use, as public reserve under the Crown Lands Act 1976
- Transfer to other public ownership, such as local government, Forestry Tasmania or Housing Tasmania
- Sale of land that is not suitable for reservation or for public use.
Because of the number of properties assessed under the Project, the properties were assessed in groups of municipalities. In total, there were 9 groups of municipalities assessed over a 2-year period. Refer to the Consultation Reports and Recommendations for information on when different areas around the state were assessed.
“Consider for Sale” means that the property has the potential to be sold. Whether or not it is sold will depend on more detailed assessment conducted by a separate process as part of the implementation phase of the CLAC Project.
This process will consider any conservation, Aboriginal, cultural and historic values, as well as resource values such as quarry materials, and issues such as landslip, accessibility and planning requirements (Council planning schemes still apply). Marketability will also be considered. In some cases, the costs of preparing a property for sale may not be warranted given the likely sale price. If the property proves suitable after these considerations have been taken into account, it will be offered for sale.
No expressions of interest in the purchase of particular properties are being recorded or considered as part of the Crown Land Assessment and Classification (CLAC) Project because the detailed assessment of sale suitability, and the type and timing of a property sale, will be determined in the implementation phase of the Project. Information on property sales will be available from the Department of Treasury and Finance or DPIW once the implementation phase assessment for that property is completed (for more detail, see FAQ: How will properties be offered for sale?).
If the implementation phase does not consider a property suitable for sale, it will remain in Crown ownership, usually as a Public Reserve. In some cases, the property may be reserved under the Nature Conservation Act 2002 if there are significant conservation values that require reservation.
All property sales will be carried out in accordance with the Crown Lands Act 1976. If the implementation phase identifies a property as suitable for sale, it will be prepared for market.
A public sale will be conducted for those properties suitable to be sold on the open market.
- Major Crown properties sold on the open market (larger blocks of land in rural areas and parcels in major towns and cities) will be listed by the Department of Treasury and Finance on their property sales website at www.treasury.tas.gov.au/propertysales
- Minor Crown properties sold on the open market (smaller blocks of land usually in rural townships) will be listed by Crown Land Services of the Department of Primary Industries and Water on their property website Crown Land For Sale
Any queries regarding the sale of a listed property can be directed to the appointed real estate agent indicated on the website listing.
Properties not suitable for sale on the open market, such as lots below the minimum planning scheme size or without access, will usually be sold for adhesion to an adjoining property. This is usually handled by Crown Land Services in the Department of Primary Industries and Water. Owners of any properties bordering Crown land to be sold in this manner will be advised of the proposed sale.
Properties with natural or cultural values may also be sold with a covenant to protect those values.
Unallocated Crown land is land vested in the Crown and managed under the Crown Lands Act 1976. Unallocated Crown land has not yet been assessed or classified according to its values or potential uses. For that reason, it has not been formally reserved under the Crown Lands Act 1976 or the Nature Conservation Act 2002.
The Crown Land Assessment and Classification Project has assessed and classified all unallocated Crown land in Tasmania.
Public Reserves are areas of Crown Land reserved to the Crown as a public reserve under Section 8 of the Crown Land Act 1976 and managed under that Act and the Crown Land Regulations 2001.
Public Reserves were identified and established through the Regional Forest Agreement (Land Classification) Act 1998. They comprise all those parcels of land which were already shown as reserves on the 1:25,000 map series of Tasmania and the 1:100,000 maps of King and Flinders Islands. This did not include land specifically reserved as State Forest or Forest Reserves under the Forestry Act 1920 or reserved under the (then) National Parks and Wildlife Act 1970.
Public Reserves may contain biophysical, natural, cultural or economic values, but in many cases these have not yet been assessed. In some cases, assessment may suggest that some Public Reserves should not be classified as reserves at all, or that they may better be classified as reserves under the Nature Conservation Act 2002.
The CLAC Project has assessed and classified all Public Reserves in Tasmania.
It is Government policy that the Crown Land Assessment and Classification Project reserve all Crown land on the coast. Depending on the location and values of the Crown land, it may be suggested for reservation as a Public Reserve under the Crown Lands Act 1976. If the values warrant it, Crown land on the coast may be suggested for reservation under the Nature Conservation Act 2002, often as a Conservation Area.
The consultation reports, including recommended allocations for each municipality were made available as they were finalised and approved. Information on when the consultation reports, including recommended allocations were made available can be viewed from the Consultation Reports and Recommendations web page.
The consultation reports and recommendations for each municipality will be mailed directly to anyone who responded during the consultation period. The reports for each municipality (when available) can also be accessed and downloaded by following the links provided on the Consultation Reports and Recommendations web page.
The input of the Tasmanian community was important for the Project and public comment was invited on the suggested allocations. The views from interested parties helped ensure that the recommendations that were developed have considered the knowledge and ideas of the Tasmanian community.
The public consultation process enabled informed decisions to be made on the most appropriate future tenure of the land and lead to better management of Crown land.
Most of the reserve types that are recommended by the Crown Land Assessment Classification (CLAC) Project are created under the Nature Conservation Act 2002 with one reserve type (Public Reserve) created under the Crown Lands Act 1976. The document below is provided to give more detail about the values, purposes and objectives of the reserve types under the relevant legislation.
This is a Portable Document Format (PDF) file and requires the use of Adobe Acrobat Reader. The Reader is easy to download and is free of charge.
Generally, for reserves proclaimed as a result of the CLAC Project, the boundaries of those along the coast, or along areas of tidal water, will run to the low water mark. This means in some cases that extensive areas of tidal flats will be included in these reserves.
Arrangements for public land to come under local government ownership will be negotiated with the Council. Councils are not obliged to accept property they do not want.
To find properties and their recommended allocations follow the steps described on the Finding Properties & Recommended Allocations web page.
CLAC properties can also be viewed on the LIST, for more information go to the Finding a CLAC Property on the LIST web page.
Frequently asked questions about Crown land
Contact: Crown Land ServicesGPO Box 44
Phone: 1300 368 550
Fax: 03 6233 6655