Express law No. 301

1 November 2021

Land Acquisition Framework published by Department of Finance

New Resource Management Guide No 501

On 26 October 2021 the Department of Finance published RMG 501: Lands Acquisition Framework (Framework).

The Framework (at paragraph 3) states that all non-corporate Commonwealth entities must comply with the Framework when undertaking transactions requiring authorisations under the Lands Acquisition Act 1989 (LA Act). Corporate Commonwealth entities should strongly consider referring to the Framework, including referenced policies and procedures, which are consistent with good practice.

The Framework relates to acquisitions and disposals of interests in land under sections 40, 41, 119 and 125 of the LA Act (which includes the sections that typically arise in agencies’ day to day property dealings), and provides guidance around:

  • how to plan and conduct an acquisition of an interest in land (by agreement and by compulsory process)
  • how to conduct a valuation of an interest in land
  • how compensation is determined
  • the process for disposal of an interest in land
  • reporting obligations in the LA Act and the delegations made under the LA Act.

Read and comply with the Framework

Agencies should ensure that all officers dealing with property transactions and requesting or giving approvals under the LA Act read and become familiar with the Framework.

For further information please contact:

Department of Finance or AGS contacts below.


Miraglia, Teresa

Deputy General Counsel and Property Practice Leader Commercial

Prutej, Greg

Senior General Counsel


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