Crown land sales


Crown land, or government-controlled land, comprises areas that are not privately owned and includes land on which government facilities, such as hospitals and schools, are located.

Crown land in the Northern Territory (NT) is managed by the Crown Land Estate under a range of laws and regulations including the Crown Lands Act 1992.

Guiding principles for the release and sale of Crown land

Crown land is a valuable public asset.

The Territory supports release of land for appropriate development and use.

For fairness and transparency, public competitive processes are used when Crown land is released for sale or lease.

Direct applications are only accepted in special circumstances.

All Crown land release processes must be fair, open and impartial, and follow legislation and probity considerations.

Development requirements and contracts are determined on a case-by-case basis and aim to maximise the benefits of Crown land releases and minimise risk to the NT.

Current market valuations are used to determine the rental and purchase prices.

Valuations will be done on the basis of highest and best use of the land. They will account for particular constraints or requirements imposed as part of the release.

Valuations are sought from independent valuers with Certified Practising Valuers (CPV) accreditation or from the Valuer General.

Development of community infrastructure is supported by making appropriate Crown land available to eligible community groups and local government councils. Read more about Crown land grants for community groups.

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Last updated: 06 February 2019


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