Compulsory land acquisition
The Coordinator-General can compulsorily acquire, or resume, land for infrastructure development.
The compulsory land acquisition process begins with the issuing of a written Notice of Intention to Resume.
Landowners and other parties with an interest in the land have at least 30 days to object to the proposed compulsory land acquisition, if they wish.
If, after considering any objections, the Coordinator-General decides to proceed with a compulsory land acquisition, the Coordinator-General must apply to the Minister to resume the land.
If the Governor in Council approves a compulsory land acquisition, a resumption notice is published, at which time the Coordinator-General becomes the owner of the land.
After land is compulsorily acquired, any person with a legal interest in the land can lodge a written claim for compensation.
Once land is resumed, it can be vested either in the name of the Coordinator-General or in a local body, other state government department or a private entity.
Answers to frequently asked questions about the compulsory land acquisition process.