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The department is responsible for the administration of Western Australia's Crown land estate under the LAA.  That estate comprises approximately 92 per cent of the State and includes all land (other than freehold), and all State coastal and other waters.  The department's primary functions include the management of the Crown land estate as an asset for the State, and the provision of land tenure solutions that ensure the economic, business, social, and environmental needs and expectations of Government and the Western Australian community are met.

The department optimises the value of the State's land assets through a Land Asset Management approach which takes a through-life view of the property assets. Rent management, collection, revaluations, tenant liaison, lease termination and divestment or disposal are critical functions of the department's role in optimising the value and realising the best use of the State's land assets.

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.