Pastoral Act review

Following the transfer of the Pastoral Land Management and Conservation Act 1989 to the Minister for Primary Industries and Regional Development, a review of the Act is being conducted by the State Government.

Pastoral land in South Australia covers 410,000 square kilometres of the state, comprising 324 leases. The management, condition and use of pastoral lands is provided for in the Act.

The review of the Act is being led by PIRSA and provides an opportunity to consider how the value of this significant portion of South Australia can be best realised.

The use of the pastoral rangelands contributes to South Australia’s economy and industry, and is important for Aboriginal culture and supporting local communities. However, the current legislation allows only for very specific uses. To futureproof this landscape and those that depend on it, we are considering how flexibility for a range of uses can be supported.

This could include mixed uses, where a lease is used for multiple purposes, such as grazing, tourism and energy production, for example. Being flexible about land use will allow businesses to diversify to better manage income and risk and take advantage of opportunities as they arise, however this will need to be balanced with the necessity of maintaining the condition of the land for future generations. Reviewing the Act will help ensure the approach to pastoral land management meets industry and government priorities and facilitates industry growth and productivity, while ensuring we maintain land condition.

Consultation Summary Report

Public consultation was undertaken from 1 August to 30 September 2019, with the Planning for the future of South Australia’s Pastoral Rangelands Discussion Paper released to help guide feedback and consultation.  Around 260 submissions were formally received during this consultation period, with key stakeholders from across the pastoral industry, interest groups and government providing important feedback, which is now being used to shape the new Act.

A report has been developed to provide a summary of consultation, which largely demonstrated widespread support for the review and encouraged significant reform within the future Act. The report can be viewed here (PDF 809.7 KB).

The consultation summary report will also be available on the YourSAy website soon.

Next steps

PIRSA continues to work towards developing a new draft Pastoral Bill, which will be released for further consultation later this year. This consultation will include targeted engagement with key stakeholders to ensure we continue to gather your feedback on the Bill, refine it and prepare it for introduction into Parliament.


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