Pastoral Unit

The Pastoral Unit, Department for Environment and Water, supports the Pastoral Board and the Minister for Environment and Water in administering pastoral leases in accordance with the Pastoral Land Management and Conservation Act 1989. Pastoral leases provide access to Crown land for the main purpose of livestock production and developing related infrastructure. Pastoral leases also require that the land be managed sustainably to prevent degradation and, where possible, to improve the condition of the land.

Tenure

Section 10 and 18 of the Pastoral Land Management and Conservation Act 1989 allows the Minister and the Pastoral Board to delegate a number of their powers under that Act. The authority to approve transfers, mortgages, easements and sub-leases of pastoral leases (provided they are being transferred and sub-leased for pastoral or associated purposes) has been delegated from the Minister to the Pastoral Unit.

Use these application forms to apply to the Pastoral Unit for approval of the following actions:

Please note that relevant application fee must be paid with lodgement of these forms.

For any enquiries regarding pastoral lease tenure, please phone the Pastoral Unit Tenure Officer on 8463 3281 or email: DEWPastoral@sa.gov.au

Indigenous Land Use Agreements (ILUAs)

An ILUA is a voluntary but binding agreement between a native title group and landholders about the use of land and waters. These agreements allow all parties to negotiate flexible, pragmatic agreements to suit their particular circumstances.

ILUAs can cover topics such as future development; how native title rights coexist with the rights of other people; access to an area; extinguishment of native title; compensation; employment and economic opportunities for native title groups; cultural heritage management; mining.

If you are a pastoral leaseholder or an indigenous person, you can search whether an ILUA currently exists for your area at the Commonwealth's Native Title Tribunal register at: http://www.nntt.gov.au/ILUAs/Pages/ILUA-Register

For further information on ILUAs: http://www.nntt.gov.au/ILUAs

For further information on ILUAs and pastoral lease land in South Australia, see Division 2A of the Pastoral Land Management and Conservation Act 1989.  

Public access to pastoral lease land

Public Access Routes provide for public access over pastoral land without the need for travellers to ask permission from the pastoral lessee. There are currently 24 Public Access Routes, spanning more than 650 kilometres, established on pastoral leases in South Australia.  

The consent of the lessee is required before entering a pastoral lease, unless you remain on a public road or public access route.

An Aboriginal person may enter, travel across or stay on pastoral land for the purpose of following the traditional pursuits, however there are some restrictions on where people may camp on a pastoral lease. If an ILUA exists, the agreement may change the rights of access.

Contact us

Pastoral Unit address:
GPO Box 1047, Adelaide, SA 5001

Pastoral Board general enquiries:
Phone: 8124 4735
Email: DEWPastoral@sa.gov.au

Manager Pastoral Unit:
Phone: 8124 4957

Lease tenure:
Phone: 8463 3281

Public access to pastoral lands:
Phone: 8648 5346

Lease assessments:
Phone: 8463 4826

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