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Centrally Coordinated Land Asset Sales Program

 

The department leads and coordinates the Land Asset Sales Program (LASP) which has been operational since September 2014.

LASP assesses surplus land assets to determine their highest and best future use, to the benefit of the State. The program is forecasted to deliver $358 million in sales revenue over the period 2016-17 to 2019-20, in addition to the $176 million achieved in 2014-15 and 2015-16. LASP is broadly separated into three distinct phases, Identification, Assessment and Divestment.

There are currently around 400 assets across the various stages of the program (both Crown and State-owned freehold land) and sufficient value is attached to these assets to achieve the current remaining sales forecast.

Land sales in 2016-17 include the Old Perth Girls School site in East Perth, which will be reactivated by a private sector purchaser. The department considers the established land sales process as a helpful tool in assisting Government to achieve its objectives.

 

Land Administration

The department 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.

In administering Western Australia's Crown land estate, the department undertakes a number of other key functions including:

  • Administering the Land Asset Sales Program, delivering surplus government land and buildings to the property market;
  • Assembling land for residential, industrial, infrastructure corridor, conservation and community needs;
  • Administering pastoral leases and providing support to the Pastoral Lands Board;
  • Providing appropriate resolution of native title in granting secure land tenure;
  • Managing land acquired for infrastructure corridors, including the Dampier to Bunbury Natural Gas Pipeline (DBNGP) corridor;
  • Direct responsibility for all unallocated Crown land and unmanaged reserves; and
  • Investigating, identifying, reporting and managing contamination on Crown land.

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