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 give pastoralists 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.


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.

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.. 


Contact us

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

Pastoral Board general enquiries:
Phone: 8124 4735

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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