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Council Crown Land Managers - Resources

This page contains important resources for Council Crown land managers including:

  • Key information about the transition process (including initial categorisation and developing plans of management for Crown reserves)
  • Native title manager information
  • Background information



The following section provides councils with key information about the transition process as well as leasing and licensing in the transition period (ie: until 30 June 2021 or a council adopts a plan of management for a Reserve).

It also contains a step by step guide to assist councils to undertake the transition process, providing guidelines, forms and training material about classification, initial categorisation and the development of plans of management for Crown reserves.


Transition Guide

DPIE - Crown Lands has developed a Transition Guide to help local councils currently appointed to manage reserve trusts understand the changes for trusts and how to make any required corporate transition to the new arrangements.

Included in this document are:

  • Understanding the changes: an overview of the transition changes and requirements for managers
  • Transition checklist: a step-by-step checklist with supporting templates to help managers implement the transition activities. The checklist is provided as a guidance tool only and is not compulsory.

The Transition Guide can be downloaded here:


Lease and licence Fact Sheets and templates

DPIE - Crown Lands has revised their guidance to assist councils to understand leasing and short-term licencing arrangements under the transitional provisions of Crown Land Management Act 2016.

The Lease and Licence Fact Sheet which consolidates a number of earlier factsheets can be downloaded here:


Additionally, DPIE - Crown Lands has developed the following templates for the use of Council Crown Land Managers in the transition period:


Further information about leasing and licensing on Crown Reserves can be found at the following DPIE – Crown Lands webpage.


Step by step guide to classification, initial categorisation and developing plans of management for Crown reserves

Councils much follow a four step process in transitioning to the new legislative framework.

Note: the table is the same as the previous version of the webpage



Review the Reserves for which council is Crown Land Manager, and consider classifications and initial categories

Portal: Crown Land Reserves Manager Portal

Confirm community land classification of Reserves or seek operational classification if appropriate

Guidelines: Classification of Crown land managed by council Crown land managers – June 2018 


Forms and support material:


Webcast:  Classification and Categorisation webcast

Assign an initial category (for community land Reserves) and notify Minister for the Minister responsible for administering the CLM Act

 NEW – Initial Categorisation FACT SHEET – NOVEMBER 2019 


Support material and forms:


Prepare plans of management for all community land Reserves (by 30 June 2021) and provide a copy of the draft plan to the Minister responsible for the CLM Act as landowner prior to public exhibition


Guidelines: Developing plans of management for community land Plans of Management (Guidelines)


NoteA summary of changes from the interim guideline to final guideline can be downloaded here.


Forms and templates:





Plans of Management FAQ – June 2018



The primary source of information for councils regarding Native title and the role of Native title managers is the DPIE - Crown Lands Native Title webpage.

This includes the Native Title Manager workbook, which is the key guidance document for Native Title Managers.

However, the following summary documents are also relevant Council Crown Land Managers:



For an introduction to the Crown Land Management Act 2016 for council Crown Land managers please see the following resources:


Specific technical resources are arranged in accordance with the steps that council Crown land managers must complete to lawfully manage their Crown reserves, as set out below.


Background FAQs




Crown land manager reserves portal

Council Crown land managers can access the DPIE – Crown land manager reserves portal 



The Council Crown Land Managers newsletter is released periodically providing council staff with information about important events, resources and developments.

To register please click here.


Past newsletters



17 May 2019

Information about Native Title Manager training (June 2019) and OLG’s Plans of Management survey

28 February 2019


Information about the Crown Land Management (Holdings) Regulation 2019 and new transitional powers fact sheet

21 December 2018

Plan of management guidelines and templates

16 November 2018

Plan of management funding agreements

26 October 2018 

Native title manager notice to Minister for Water, Property and Housing 

24 September 2018

Transition Guide and leases/licences fact sheet and templates

14 August 2018

Updates to the Crown Land Manager Reserves Portal

19 July 2018 

Plan of management training

28 June 2018

Commencement of the Crown Land Management Act 2016

19 June 2018

Classification and Initial Categorisation guidelines and Plans of Management webcast   

1 June 2018

Classification and Categorisation webcast

17 May 2018

Upcoming support materials and resources

3 May 2018

Native Title Manager training dates

18 April 2018

Council Crown Land Manager GM and Senior Staff webcast and commenced of the Crown Land Management Regulation 2018





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