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

Every 5 years, in accordance with the Land Administration Act 1997 the Pastoral Rent review is undertaken. It has been 5 years since the last review (2014), therefore this year the Valuer-General will be conducting an audit of the pastoral lease rents.

What is annual pastoral lease rent?

Annual pastoral lease rent is the amount of rent that land in good condition might reasonably be expected to realise when managed as a long term pastoral lease.

How is pastoral lease rent determined?

The Valuer-General determines rents using a methodology which links rental rates to an estimated return on the value of the unimproved land held under each pastoral lease. In determining pastoral lease rents, the Valuer-General is required to consult with the Pastoral Lands Board 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?

The role of the PLB as manager of the rent review is to liaise with stakeholders to ensure they are well informed of the process and to assist with any needs or queries they may have. More specifically, Under the Land Administration Act 1997, in determining pastoral lease rents, the Valuer-General is required to consult with the Pastoral Lands Board (PLB) in relation to the economic state of the pastoral industry. This is a legislated requirement which involves continued liaison between the Valuer-General and the PLB over the course of the review process.

Where can I find out more?

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

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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