Planning and making decisions

One of the safeguards to make sure that Crown land is managed and used for the benefit of the people of NSW is the objects of the Crown Land Management Act 2016 (the Act).

The objects apply to all aspects of decision-making around the management and use of Crown land including every dealing and activity. The Act requires that all decision-makers use and apply the objects. Decision-makers include the Minister for Lands and Forestry, the NSW Department of Industry and Crown land managers.

Departmental staff, Crown land managers and the minister make decisions about Crown land every year. There are many factors involved in this decision-making process. The objects of the Act set out the underlying purpose that should guide decision-making—they are essentially decision-making standards.

Objects and principles

The objects of the Act are to:

  • provide for the ownership, use and management of the Crown land of NSW
  • provide clarity concerning the law applicable to Crown land
  • require environmental, social, cultural heritage and economic considerations to be taken into account in decision-making about Crown land
  • provide for the consistent, efficient, fair and transparent management of Crown land for the benefit of the people of NSW
  • facilitate the use of Crown land by the Aboriginal people of NSW because of the spiritual, social, cultural and economic importance of land to Aboriginal people and, where appropriate, to enable the co-management of dedicated or reserved Crown land
  • provide for the management of Crown land, having regard to the principles of Crown land management.

For more information download the fact sheet and guidance tool.

Planning

All Crown land managers take into account the objects of the Act when planning and making decisions.

We also look to the NSW Department of Industry Corporate Plan 2015–19, which sets our direction and focus for the four year period. It articulates our vision, purpose and values, and is driven by seven goals. It also underpins the successful delivery of the NSW state priorities.

State Strategic Plan

A new outcome of the Act is the requirement to develop a State Strategic Plan for Crown land to set the vision, priorities and overarching strategy for the management of Crown land in NSW.

The plan will take into account environmental, social, cultural heritage and economic considerations for the management of Crown land. We will be asking you to have your say during the development of the State Strategic Plan which is expected to begin in late 2018.

Reviews

Review of the sale of Crown land at Woy Woy in 2015

In response to concerns raised in the media and community in August 2018, the Department of Industry – Crown Lands undertook a review of the sale of a parcel of Crown land at Woy Woy in 2015. The review found that the sale was done in compliance with departmental guidance in place at the time and achieved a price within the range suggested by the independent valuer. Download the Outcome of the review of the sale of Crown land at Woy Woy in 2015 factsheet.