Pastoral Lands Board

The Pastoral Lands Board is a statutory authority established under Section 94 of the Land Administration Act 1997 (WA).

The board has joint responsibility with the Minister for Lands for administering Western Australian pastoral leases in accordance with Part 7 of this Act.

Under Section 95 of the Land Administration Act 1997  (the Act), the functions of the Pastoral Lands Board (PLB) are to:

  • advise the Minister on policy relating to the pastoral industry and the administration of pastoral leases
  • administer pastoral leases in accordance with Part 7 of the Act
  • ensure pastoral leases are managed on an ecologically sustainable basis
  • develop policies to prevent the degradation of rangelands
  • develop policies to rehabilitate degraded or eroded rangelands and to restore their pastoral potential
  • consider applications for the subdivision of pastoral land and make recommendations to the Minister in relation to them
  • establish and evaluate a system of pastoral land monitoring sites
  • monitor the numbers and the effect of stock and feral animals on pastoral land
  • conduct or commission research into any matters that it considers are relevant to the pastoral industry
  • provide any other assistance or advice that the Minister may require in relation to the administration of Part 7 of the Act
  • exercise or perform such other functions as may be given under the Act or any other Act.

2019 Pastoral rent review

Western Australia’s pastoral lease rents are reviewed every five years by the Valuer-General, in accordance with the Land Administration Act 1997 (LAA) and the Valuation of Land Act 1978 (VLA). The Valuer-General must consult with the PLB concerning the economic state of the pastoral industry.

What is annual pastoral lease rent?

Under the LAA, annual pastoral lease rent is, “the amount, as determined by the Valuer-General, of ground rent that the land might reasonably be expected to realise in good condition, for a long-term lease for pastoral purposes under which all normal outgoings are paid by the lessee."

How is pastoral lease rent determined?

The Valuer-General determines rents based on accepted valuation practice.  This is achieved by analysing sales of pastoral leases and deducting the value of any improvements to determine the unimproved land value. A capitalisation rate is then applied to the unimproved value to derive a rental value.

Being based on analysis of sales of pastoral leases in the market place, the assessments reflect the impact of any drought, industry economics and other factors that were considered by the parties to the sale transaction.

Only pastoral lease sales which are considered to represent “fair market” transactions are used in determining what is termed ‘market unimproved value’. These sales are analysed by distributing the sale price between livestock, plant and equipment, house and buildings, waters, fencing, any other improvements and the unimproved land value. This unimproved value evidence provides the basis for determining a separate unimproved value for each lease. The final market unimproved value considers a number of factors relevant to the pastoral enterprise such as potential carrying capacity (PCC), land system productivity, location, access, rainfall reliability, water supply, size, and environmental issues.

The Valuer-General also consults with the PLB in relation to the economic state of the pastoral industry.

When will the rent rates come into effect?

The Department of Planning, Lands and Heritage will advise of the rent payable for your pastoral lease, as determined by the Valuer General, in due course. As per usual process, your invoice will be issued in July, with payment due prior to 1 September 2019.

What role does the Pastoral Lands Board play?

Under the LAA, the Valuer-General is required to consult with the PLB in relation to the economic state of the pastoral industry, in determining pastoral lease rents. This is a legislated requirement which involves continued liaison between the Valuer-General and the PLB over the course of the review process.

When will the new rent rates come into effect?

The Valuer-General will determine pastoral lease rents that apply from 1 July 2019.  Pastoralists will receive a letter in early July 2019 from the Department of Planning, Lands and Heritage advising them of their revised annual lease rent, followed by their lease rent invoice by mid-July 2019 for half the annual rent. Payment of this invoice will be due by 1 September 2019. A second invoice for the remaining half will be issued on 1 March 2020. 

Rent review and objection

Under the LAA and VLA, any person liable to pay a pastoral rent has the right to:

  1. object to the rental value
  2. seek a review by the State Administrative Tribunal, if dissatisfied with the outcome of an objection

Objections

If you are a lessee and have a concern about your rent or valuation please contact Landgate Valuations and Property Analytics in the first instance.  You can arrange a 60 minute phone consultation with Landgate via their online booking system. Staff qualified and experienced in the valuation of pastoral leases will be available to discuss how the rent for your leases(s) was determined. If this does not resolve your query, you (or your agent) may lodge a formal objection.

Formal objections must be lodged within 60 days from the issue of a rent notice. While the Valuer-General may accept objections outside this period, it is more likely the matter will then be treated as an informal query without a right of review.

The Valuer-General may grant an extension of time in which to lodge a valid objection, however the onus is on the objecting party to establish reasonable cause for such an extension to be granted.

Objections must be made in writing to the Valuer-General and include sufficient information to identify the property. For the objection to be valid, this must include:

  • the name of the station and pastoral lease number(s) or Crown Land title details
  • The Department of Planning, Lands and Heritage invoice number on the rent notice
  • Confirmation that the objection relates to the pastoral lease rent determination
  • detailed reasons and evidence in support of the grounds for objection
  • details of the objector’s name, postal address and telephone number

Once an objection is received and accepted, the Valuer-General may seek to arrange an inspection of the property. A response, including the decision to allow or disallow the objection, will be provided in writing.
An Objection to Valuation form, including additional information, is available from Landgate Valuations and Property Analytics or via the Landgate website

Seek a review

If you lodge an objection and are dissatisfied with the Valuer-General’s decision, you may have the decision reviewed by the State Administrative Tribunal (SAT). A request to have the decision referred to the SAT must be served on the Valuer-General within 60 days of the service of the Valuer-General’s decision on the objection, or such further period as the Valuer-General may allow.
 

What support is available to pastoralists?

Financial counselling and concessional loans

If you are a pastoralist experiencing financial difficulty, the Rural Financial Counselling Service WA may be able to help. Visit https://rfcswa.com.au/about/rfcs/, email admin@rfcswa.com.au or call 1800 612 004.

The Regional Investment Corporation provides concessional loans (currently up to $2 million at a variable interest rate of 3.58 per cent) to eligible pastoralists who are in need of financial help. Visit www.ric.gov.au/farmers, email info@ric.gov.au or call 1800 875 675.

Additional support services

Where can I find out more?

If you have any questions, please email our project team at pastoralrentreview@dplh.wa.gov.au.

You can arrange a 60 minute phone consultation with Landgate regarding the pastoral lease rent review via an online booking.

Membership 

The PLB consists of a chairperson appointed by the Minister and seven members including:

  • three members who hold or have held an interest in a pastoral lease or are or have been shareholders in a company with a beneficial interest in a pastoral lease (pastoral interest members)
  • one member with expertise in the field of flora, fauna or land conservation management (conservation interest member)
  • one Aboriginal member with experience in pastoral leases (Aboriginal interest member)
  • the Chief Executive Officer of the Department of Planning, Lands and Heritage
  • the Chief Executive Officer of the Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development.

The Chairperson is the lead member and uses their experience, skills and leadership abilities to effectively lead the PLB and its governance processes, based on a good understanding of the public sector environment.

The PLB may invite organisations or individuals to present their views or expertise on specific matters to assist the PLB in its deliberations.

BOARD MEMBERS PORTAL

Current Membership as at 1 July 2018

The PLB membership is constituted under section 97 of the Act.

PositionMemberOrganisation
ChairpersonTim Shackleton 
Pastoral interest members (3) (Persons who hold, or have held, an interest in a pastoral lease,
or are, or have been, shareholders in a company with a beneficial interest in a pastoral lease)

Jack Burton

Yeeda Pastoral Company, Kimberley Region
Jane SaleYougawalla Station, Kimberley Region 
Ashely DowdenChalla Station, Goldfields Region
Expert in the field of flora, fauna or land conservation managementDr Gaye MackenzieDirector, Collective IQ Consulting
Aboriginal person with experience in pastoral leasesDarrylin GordonLamboo Station, Kimberley Region
Chief Executive Officer (or appointee) of the department principally assisting in the administration of the Biosecurity and Agriculture Management Act 2007Ralph Addis Director General of the Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development
Chief Executive Officer of the Department of Planning, Lands and Heritage Gail McGowanDirector General of the Department of Planning, Lands and Heritage
Meeting dates

2018 to 2020 meetings

MonthDateDetails
DecemberThursday, 13 December 2018​Face to Face Meeting - Perth
FebruaryThursday, 21 February 2019​Face to Face Meeting - Perth
AprilThursday, 18 April 2019Face to Face Meeting - Perth
JuneThursday, 20 June 2019​Face to Face Meeting - Perth
August​Thursday, 22 August 2019​Face to Face Meeting - Perth
OctoberThursday, 17 October 2019​Face to Face Meeting - Perth
DecemberThursday, 12 December 2019​Face to Face Meeting - Perth
FebruaryThursday, 13 February 2020​Face to Face Meeting - Perth
AprilThursday, 16 April 2020​Face to Face Meeting - Perth
June​Thursday, 18 June 2020​Face to Face Meeting - Perth

 

Consultation workshops

At the request of the Minister for Lands the PLB has recently concluded a series of consultation workshops. Information gathered from the pastoral industry during these workshops has informed the PLB's advice to the Ministers for Lands and Agriculture in the paper Priorities for Strengthening the Economic Viability and Ecological Management of the Pastoral Estate. 

The recommendations made by the PLB include:

  • creating a strategic vision for the pastoral industry
  • improving security of land tenure for pastoralists
  • introducing a risk based approach to assessing applications for diversified economic activity on pastoral leases
  • introducing a new optional lease type which would enable more diverse activity on pastoral leases
  • developing a land condition monitoring system that assists the State Government as land owner and pastoralists as land managers, to acquit their respective responsibilities
  • developing a program to assist Aboriginal pastoralists to better realise opportunities for economic, environmental and social benefits.
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