Compulsory Acquisitions

The Commonwealth Government is able to compulsorily acquire land or an interest in land anywhere in Australia for public purposes.

The Lands Acquisition Act 1989 (the Act) provides specific powers to the Commonwealth Government to acquire interest in land and also provides a regime designed to protect an owner's interests when the Commonwealth wants to acquire an interest the owner hold in land.

The Commonwealth and You - Compulsory Acquisition of Land [PDF Document2.2 MB] brochure has been developed to provide some guidance on the compulsory acquisition process under the Act.

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Last updated: 04 January 2019