McGowan Government moves ahead with Pastoral Lands Reform

McGowan Government moves ahead with Pastoral Lands Reform
Friday 8 November 2019

The McGowan Government has unveiled its Pastoral Lands Reform package to drive sustainable development and better land management.

The McGowan Government has today unveiled its Pastoral Lands Reform package to drive sustainable development and better land management while supporting pastoralists across Western Australia.

 The suite of measures will enhance land management and improve security of tenure, along with encouraging development and diversification on the pastoral estate.

Enhanced land condition monitoring will deliver increased knowledge of the pastoral estate and support improved land condition through encouragement of best practices.

An integrated risk-based approach to land condition monitoring and compliance on the pastoral estate will be developed in partnership between Government, the Pastoral Lands Board, the pastoral industry, native title holders and other key stakeholders.

Modern pastoralism requires extensive capital investment, and improved security of tenure for pastoralists will minimise the uncertainty and risk of investment.

Measures aimed at encouraging development and diversification on the pastoral estate will give pastoralists confidence to explore complementary income from sources other than livestock, including:

  • statutory right of pastoral lease renewal, subject to compliance with lease and statutory conditions;
  • ability to increase lease term to 50 years, subject to the Native Title Act 1993;
  • statutory right to transfer diversification permits upon transfer of the lease, subject to compliance with permit conditions, to remove uncertainty about capital investment in non-pastoral activities conducted under a diversification permit; and
  • streamlining inter-agency approval processes for permits to increase transparency and introduce options for fast-tracking where applicable.

Pastoralists opting in to a voluntary accreditation system to be co-designed by Government and the pastoral industry will be able to take full advantage of the new measures.

Further formal consultation will begin once draft amendments to the Land Administration Act 1997 have been completed.

Read the full media statement.

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