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Centrally Coordinated Land Asset Sales Program

State Government is committed to pursuing an orderly program of land asset sales, led and coordinated through the Department of Lands (DoL).

The sale of State-owned assets allows the Government to unlock capital from existing land assets to reduce State debt. The sale of government assets has the potential to utilise assets at their highest and best use and increase the efficiency and productivity of the asset.

While the primary objective for the land asset sales program is to retire State debt, DoL will proceed to evaluate government properties based on the following principles:

  1. the State is the owner of all real property assets;
  2. assets are to be used at their highest and best use; and
  3. assets are to be made available for core State Government department business.

The asset sales process is being overseen by the Premier with support from the Treasurer, Minister for Lands and the Minister for Finance.


Land Administration

The Department of Lands administers Western Australia’s Crown land estate under the Land Administration Act 1997

Crown land makes up 92 per cent of the State and includes all land (other than freehold), and all State coastal and other waters.

The department undertakes a number of key functions, including:

  • Direct responsibility for all unallocated Crown land and unmanaged reserves
  • Administering pastoral leases and providing support to the Pastoral Lands Board
  • Assembling land for residential, industrial, infrastructure corridor, conservation and community needs
  • Managing land acquired for infrastructure corridors, including the Dampier to Bunbury Natural Gas Pipeline corridor
  • Participating in strategic native title negotiations, investigating, identifying, reporting and managing contamination on Crown land
  • Disposing of surplus government land and buildings through the Land Asset Sales Program.

To carry out these functions, the department has over 200 staff based in Perth and its regional offices in Bunbury and Kununurra.