The department has an active and risk based compliance and enforcement regime to help protect Crown land against illegal activity that threatens environmental values or the enjoyment of Crown land users.

To ensure Crown land is used sustainably and lawfully, we engage early to help people do the right thing. We support our Crown land managers and users by setting expectations through guidelines and conditions, as well as working with individuals and communities to meet these requirements. We monitor use through inspections and audits, undertaking enforcement action when required.

The department is guided by the compliance and enforcement policy and guidelines. You can find more information in the fact sheet.

Modern enforcement and protection powers

Key features of powers now available to the department:

  • penalties  at a level consistent with other environmental legislation, with corporations now receiving higher penalties than individuals to act as a deterrent and address compliance issues on Crown land
  • rectification and remediation notices can be issued to ensure damaged or contaminated Crown land is restored to its former condition
  • orders can be issued to ensure people remove materials or structures illegally placed on Crown land
  • stop-activity orders can be issued on the spot to stop or prevent unlawful, unsafe, or dangerous activities taking place on Crown land
  • an extended two-year timeframe to report and investigate breaches means a greater ability to prosecute offences.

Report an issue

We need your help to keep our state’s Crown land sustainable and safe for all. Please report it if you observe the following on Crown land:

  • illegal dumping of rubbish or toxic or hazardous substances
  • abandoned vehicles
  • dangerous trees
  • safety hazards
  • any other issues that impact your community.

When reporting the issue, please include as much detail as possible so we can correctly locate the incident and arrange for the appropriate follow-up.

You can contact us to report an issue or concern regarding Crown land management.