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19-16 New Property Acquisition Standards to apply immediately to all acquiring authorities in New South Wales, including all general purpose and county councils

Date: Tuesday 6th August 2019
Category: Council Circular

Circular Details

Circular No 19-16 / 06 August 2019 / A653804

Previous Circular

http://www.olg.nsw.gov.au/modules/file/icons/application-pdf.png15-09 Changes to the land acquisition process for acquiring authorities in NSW and Department of Finance, Services and Innovation Circular DFSI-2017-02-Improvements to NSW Land Acquisition Processes

Who should read this

Councillors/General Managers/Staff and Consultants involved in the compulsory acquisition of land by Councils.

Contact

Performance Team - 02 4428 4100

Action required

Councils will need to comply with the new requirements for the compulsory acquisition of land.

PDF Version of Circular

http://www.olg.nsw.gov.au/modules/file/icons/application-pdf.png19-16 New Property Acquisition Standards to apply immediately to all acquiring authorities in New South Wales, including all general purpose and county councils

 

What’s new or changing

The Department of Finance, Services and Innovation (DFSI) has produced revised Property Acquisition Standards, that apply to all acquiring authorities in NSW, including General Purpose and County Councils

The objectives of the revised Property Acquisitions Standards are to:-

  • establish key requirements for all agencies that undertake acquisitions under the Land Acquisition (Just Terms Compensation) Act 1991;
  • commit all acquiring authorities to improving the experience of property owners when dealing with the compulsory acquisition of their land; and
  • increase the consistency and transparency of the compulsory acquisition process, across all acquiring authorities.

 

What this will mean for your council

  • The Property Acquisition Standards, establish the key requirements for all agencies to comply with, when undertaking acquisitions under the Land Acquisition (Just Terms Compensation) Act 1991.
  • The Property Acquisition Standards apply to all general purpose and county councils as they do to other acquiring authorities in NSW.
  • Council staff and consultants engaged by councils who are involved in the acquisition of land, should be made aware of these revised Property Acquisition Standards.
  • Councils must apply these changes to future acquisitions.

 

Key points

  • Council staff and consultants undertaking the acquisition of land, should review their current processes to ensure they comply with the revised Property Acquisition Standards.
  • When making an application for approval to acquire land under the Land Acquisition (Just Terms Compensation) Act 1991, Council’s will need to be able to provide evidence they have complied with the revised Property Acquisition Standards, for acquisitions where the Standards apply.

 

Where to go for further information

 

 

Tim Hurst

Deputy Secretary

Local Government, Planning and Policy

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