Crown Land Commissioner

The NSW Crown Land Commissioner (the Commissioner) provides independent advice to Crown land users, stakeholders, the community and government regarding the management of Crown land.

The statutory position was established in 2018, shortly after the commencement of the Crown Land Management Act 2016 (CLM Act).

The NSW Crown estate covers almost 42% of the state - with an estimated value of $11 billion - and is administered by a department of 400 staff. It includes areas of wilderness, coastal foreshores and harbours, urban land, leased agricultural land, waterways, reserves, cemeteries, recreational parks, road and rail lines, and public buildings.

The Commissioner has a responsibility to represent the interests of all Crown land users independently and bring transparency and open communication to the management of these important assets to deliver economic, social, cultural and environmental benefits for the people of NSW.

You can contact the Office of the Crown Land Commissioner at

Crown Land Management Act 2016 (CLM Act) – Evaluation

The Commissioner’s report on the evaluation of the CLM Act 2016 , with findings and recommendations, is now complete.

A Discussion Paper, released in February of this year, gave the community an opportunity to have their say on how the Crown estate in New South Wales is being managed following the commencement of the Act in 2018.

Between February and July 2021, over 85 submissions were received as part of the review and over 110 targeted stakeholder meetings were held with the Commissioner and their Office. These submissions and meetings directly contributed towards the evaluation’s final findings and recommendations. Thank you to everyone who made a submission or otherwise provided feedback.

Some recommendations within the report will be considered bold. Above all, they are practical and provide the NSW Government the opportunity to consider reform options to procedures and policies that will enable ongoing benefits to the people of New South Wales.

About the Commissioner

Crown Land Commissioner Professor Richard BushCrown Land Commissioner Professor Richard Bush is a prominent Australian Environmental Scientist and academic leader. His focus is in policy and strategy which promotes economic, environmental and social balance for sustainable regional development. The Commissioner is an independent statutory officer and sits separately from the Crown Lands department.

“Our Crown land estate is remarkable in terms of scale, diversity and utility.

In an independent role as Commissioner, I have the privilege to talk with a wide range of people about Crown land, and it is clear, from my conversations, the estate is highly valued, and people are passionate about the future of Crown land.

The first State Strategic Plan for Crown land, Crown land 2031, is now complete and I am excited by the opportunity this Plan presents to position the Crown estate as a major contributor to the prosperity, sustainability and wellbeing of our community. The Plan sets out the vision, priorities, outcomes and overarching strategy for managing Crown land for the next 10 years.

The Plan is a cornerstone of the Crown Land Management Act 2016 (CLM Act). The completion of my review of the Act and its implementation will enable the strategic outcomes in the Plan to be achieved, while also meeting the needs and expectations of different stakeholders more broadly.

I welcome your feedback on how Crown land is being managed under the new legislation and your ideas on new and innovative ways to manage, evolve and activate Crown land in the future.”

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