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Tuesday, 10 September 1985
Page: 372

(Question No. 287)


Senator Peter Rae asked the Minister representing the Minister for Local Government and Administrative Services, upon notice, on 10 May 1985:

(1) In respect of each piece or lot of land owned by the Commonwealth of Australia and its authorities, corporations, and undertakings, what is the:

(a) position or general location;

(b) area;

(c) value;

(d) date at which such valuation was made; and

(e) use to which the land is put.

(2) In respect of each piece or lot of land leased by the Commonwealth of Australia and its authorities, corporations, and undertakings, what is the:

(a) position or general location;

(b) area;

(c) value;

(d) date at which such valuation was made; and

(e) use to which the ld is put.


Senator Gietzelt —The Minister for Local Government and Administrative Services has provided the following answer to the honourable senator's question:

Information in the form sought in the honourable senator's question is not readily available. To obtain this information in relation to some 22,500 owned and leased properties would require considerable effort and staff resources which I am not prepared to authorise.

In general, however, the position is that information on land holdings of corporations which are companies, incorporated bodies or statutory authorities which are not subject to the Lands Acquisition Act 1955, is not held by my Department because these bodies are responsible for acquisition and management of their own property.

In relation to question (1) (a) and (b) the following table shows an aggregate disposition of Commonwealth owned land in respect of which my Department keeps records, as at 15 May 1985:

NSW

Vic

Qld

WA

SA

Tas

NT

Total

ha

ha

ha

ha

ha

ha

ha

ha

68,090

13,814

334,698

707,964

432,826

15,972

26,589

1,599,953

In addition, the following land is secured in parcels which are partly owned and partly leased:

NSW

Vic

Qld

WA

SA

Tas

NT

Total

ha

ha

ha

ha

ha

ha

ha

ha

15,284

56,358

98,449

15,563

240

24,862

1,059,853

1,270,609

In relation to question (1) (c) and (d), valuations are obtained only as necessary, e.g. before acquisition or when transfer or disposal is being considered. Valuations obtained are retained on files but are not normally recorded on my Department's Property Information Management System because the information is not required for day-to-day management of the property portfolio. A good proportion of the land holdings involved are of small size and value, such as those used for radio repeater sites in remote locations. The information you seek would need to be extracted manually in respect of each of these properties.

In relation to question (1) (e) land may be acquired by the Commonwealth only for public purposes, i.e. a purpose for which the Commonwealth has the power to make laws. The largest parcels of land used by the Commonwealth are most commonly held for defence purposes whilst the smallest are most frequently used for communications or transport facilities.

In relation to question (2) (a) and (b) the following table shows the aggregate disposition of land leased by the Commonwealth and for which my Department holds records as at 15 May 1985:

NSW

Vic

Qld

WA

SA

Tas

NT

Total

ha

ha

ha

ha

ha

ha

ha

ha

81,735

1,353

38,895

192,718

6,873

27,219

852

349,645

In relation to question (2) (c), (d) and (e), the answer parallels that to question (1) (c), (d) and (e) except that leased land is not normally valued other than to establish an appropriate rental.