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NSW Government Bulletin

23 June 2021


Published by:

Lauren Stables

NSW Government Bulletin

New arrangements for granting leases and licences on council managed Crown land

The Crown Land Management Amendment (Plan of Management) Regulation 2021 (CLM Regulation) commenced on 4 June 2021. Councils appointed as Crown land managers under the Crown Land Management Act 2016 (NSW) (CLM Act) are now no longer required to adopt a plan of management (PoM) by 1 July 2021. Accordingly, what were initially interim arrangements relating to the grant of leases and licences will now continue to operate indefinitely, or at least until such time as a PoM is adopted.

Original legislation

As mentioned in our previous article dated 7 April 2021, under the CLM Act, councils were granted a three-year period from 1 July 2018 to 30 June 2021 (Initial Period) to adopt a PoM. During the Initial Period, councils could grant leases and licences in accordance with the interim arrangements provided under the CLM Act (cl.70 of the CLM Regulation 2018). From 1 July 2021, councils could only grant leases or licences over community land in accordance with an adopted PoM (except in limited circumstances).

What are the changes?

The CLM Regulation which amended the Crown Land Management Regulation 2018 now exempts councils from the requirement to adopt PoMs by 1 July 2021. Council Crown land managers are now also required to seek Minister’s consent before adopting any PoM and also continue to be exempt from holding public hearings in respect of proposed PoMs. 

The CLM Regulation did not introduce a new due date for the adoption of PoMs, however, councils are still required to submit categorisations and draft PoMs as soon as practicable.

Council Crown land managers can now continue to grant leases and licences on community land as outlined in the table below, until the earlier of:

  • a council’s adoption of its first PoM; or
  • the land is classified as operational with Minister’s consent.

The effect of the changes is that not all Council managed reserves will have a PoM and that councils will be required to prepare a PoM if they wish to enter into a lease or licence not covered by clause 70 of the Crown Land Management Regulation 2018.

Authors: Cameron Sheather, Peter Holt & Lauren Stables

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OAIC Consultations

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North Parramatta Residents Action Group v Infrastructure NSW [2021] NSWLEC 60
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AQG v Secretary, Department of Customer Service [2021] NSWCATAD 167
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Coppock v Willoughby City Council [2021] NSWCATAD 166
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O’Grady v Sutherland Shire Council [2021] NSWCATAD 165
GIPA - Government Information (Public Access) Act 2009 – s. 101 – extension of time – reasonable excuse.

Decision restricted [2021] NSWSC 657
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Mawas v State Parole Authority & Anor [2021] NSWSC 652
ADMINISTRATIVE LAW – ground of review other than procedural fairness – unreasonableness – Decision of State Parole Authority to revoke parole where offender had been charged with offences – Application of s170A Crimes (Administration of Sentences) Act 1999 (NSW) ADMINISTRATIVE LAW – threshold test for procedural fairness – regular practice – requirements of State Parole Authority when revoking parole

Early Childhood Education Australia Pty Ltd v Secretary, Department of Education [2021] NSWCATAD 161
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Coote v Blacktown City Council [2021] NSWCATAD 160
ADMINISTRATIVE REVIEW – government information – access application – complaint made to Council – access to name and details of complainant- whether overriding public interest against disclosure


Regulations and other miscellaneous instruments
Annual Holidays Regulation 2021 (2021-288) — published LW 18 June 2021
Duties Act 1997 — Notice of Adjusted Amounts Under Section 33AF of Duties Act 1997 (2021-290) — published LW 18 June 2021
Better Regulation Legislation Amendment Act 2019 No 23 (2021-269) — published LW 11 June 2021
Charitable Fundraising Amendment Act 2018 No 64 (2021-270) — published LW 11 June 2021

Regulations and other miscellaneous instruments
Charitable Fundraising Regulation 2021 (2021-272) — published LW 11 June 2021
Oaths Amendment (Identification) Regulation 2021 (2021-274) — published LW 11 June 2021
Government Sector Finance Act 2018 — Treasurer’s Direction TD21-02 - Mandatory Annual Returns to Treasury (2021-268) — published LW 7 June 2021
Uniform Civil Procedure (Amendment No 97) Rule 2021 (2021-279) — published LW 11 June 2021
Victims Rights and Support (Victims Support Levy) Notice 2021 (2021-280) — published LW 11 June 2021

Bills introduced – 11 June 2021

Electoral Legislation Amendment (Local Government Elections) Bill 2021
Families, Communities and Disability Services Miscellaneous Amendment Bill 2021

Anti-Discrimination Amendment (Religious Vilification) Bill 2021

Bills revised following amendment in Committee
Law Enforcement Conduct Commission Amendment (Commissioners) Bill 2021
Mandatory Disease Testing Bill 2021

Bills passed by both Houses of Parliament
Law Enforcement Conduct Commission Amendment (Commissioners) Bill 2021
Mandatory Disease Testing Bill 2021
Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Amendment Bill 2021

Bills assented to
Mandatory Disease Testing Act 2021 No 13 — Assented to 17 June 2021
Law Enforcement Conduct Commission Amendment (Commissioners) Act 2021 No 14 — Assented to 17 June 2021
Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Amendment Act 2021 No 15 — Assented to 17 June 2021
For the full text of Bills, and details on the passage of Bills, see Bills.

The information in this publication is of a general nature and is not intended to address the circumstances of any particular individual or entity. Although we endeavour to provide accurate and timely information, we do not guarantee that the information in this newsletter is accurate at the date it is received or that it will continue to be accurate in the future.

Published by:

Lauren Stables

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