Leasing of Crown land
A lease grants an exclusive right to occupy a defined area of land.
Crown land is typically leased by the responsible minister, a delegate of the responsible minister, the Governor in Council or a delegated land manager. Who leases the land, for how long and under what terms depends on the relevant legislation and context.
Where land is leased by a delegated land manager, these leases are subject to approval by the responsible Minister or delegate of the responsible Minister.
Leasing policy for Victorian Crown land 2018
The objective of the Leasing policy for Victorian Crown land 2018 is to provide a consistent framework for the leasing of Crown land by formalising ‘Crown Land Leasing Principles’ at a State-wide level. These principles will guide land managers, existing tenants and prospective tenants, help inform decision making around leasing and improve community awareness of government policy for the leasing of Crown land. The policy applies to the Crown Land (Reserves) Act 1978, the Forests Act 1958 and the Land Act 1958.
The Leasing Policy for Crown land in Victoria 2010 was replaced with the Leasing policy for Victorian Crown land 2018 (2018 Leasing policy) in July 2018. The 2018 Leasing policy makes specific reference to adopting and complying with existing Department of Treasury and Finance (DTF) guidance material which provides information on how to ensure robust and sound procurement processes.
More detail can be found in section 5.2 (Allocating leases in a fair and equitable manner) of the 2018 Leasing policy. The DTF guidance material referred to in the 2018 Leasing policy plus other useful documents can be found on DTF's webpage at http://www.procurement.vic.gov.au/Buyers/Market-Approach-Templates.
The Crown land leasing guidelines accompany the Leasing Policy for Crown land in Victoria, and provide information about statutory requirements associated with leases under the legislation mentioned above, along with other relevant legislation.
If another body (e.g. a committee of management) manages the Crown land, any proposed lease will need to be supported by them, before we can consider an application.
Tourism Leasing in National Parks
This guidance note provides an overview of the principles and procedures that the government will apply when considering a proposal for private investment for appropriate, small scale development inside a national park under a lease of up to 21 years. It accompanies changes to the National Parks Act 1975 to reduce the maximum term of a lease under the general leasing power (section 19G) to 21 years.
Licensing of Crown land
A licence is a non-exclusive use of Crown land. Like leases, licences are typically issued by the responsible minister, a delegate of the responsible minister, the Governor in Council or a delegated land manager.
Where land is licenced by a delegated land manager, these licences are subject to approval by the responsible minister or delegate of the responsible minister.
Licences for Crown land can be issued for specified uses under legislation, e.g. agricultural purposes such as grazing, and for other uses that may not be specified explicitly under legislation.
General licence of Crown land
A general licence of Crown land is for non-agricultural purposes which can include uses of gravel extraction, scout/guide hall, water storage and recreation/tourism.
Licensing of Unused Roads for agricultural uses
A licence for unused roads is for an owner/occupier of the adjoining private land for agricultural use.
Crown land water frontage licensing
Crown land water frontage is Crown land that runs alongside waterways. These areas contain important cultural heritage and environmental values that need to be managed alongside other land uses such as grazing, stock access to water and recreational uses such as walking, fishing or bird watching.
We are working closely with our partner agencies and neighbouring landholders to protect and improve Crown land water frontages while enabling most appropriate use of the areas through the issuing of water frontage licences.
A Crown water frontage licence does not remove the public’s right to enter and remain on the land for certain recreational purposes.
Information on public access to Crown water frontage and what recreational activities can and can’t be undertaken is available in Crown water frontage: A guide to public access and recreational use.
A general water frontage licence gives stock direct access to a waterway
A clear explanation of Crown water frontage licence conditions is provided in Crown water frontages: An explanatory guide to your licence conditions.
Crown water frontage licences: A guide to understanding your licence conditions (PDF, 233.1 KB)
Crown water frontage licences: A guide to understanding your licence conditions (accessible version) (RTF, 316.2 KB)
A riparian management licence ensures stock access to a waterway is managed to both protect and improve the riparian environment
Licensees who fence the Crown frontage to prevent stock access to the waterway can have a take and use licence from their local water corporation to access water for stock.
If licensees undertake the fencing with their local CMA, the CMA will reimburse the water corporation application fee for the take and use licence. The first three years of annual fees will also be waived.
Permits and licensed activities on Crown Land
Events on public land
Permits are typically required for events proposed to be run on land managed by DELWP.
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Filming and Photography
Permits are required for filming and photography within the 3.1 million hectares of State forest and Crown land managed by DELWP.
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Minor forest produce
The taking of minor forest produce such as the collection of eucalyptus oil or seed, apiculture and extraction of sand or gravel require a licence or permit.
To obtain or find out if a licence or permit is required please contact us.
A person or business who conducts an organised tour or recreational activity for profit on public land is required to hold a tour operator licence.
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Page last updated: 14/02/19