Voluntary and Other Acquisitions

Acquisitions commonly occur by a commercial lease or by purchase of property available in the market. These commercial transactions include:

  • lease of office space to accommodate Commonwealth functions;
  • purchase of residences to accommodate staff; and
  • transfer of Commonwealth-owned property between agencies.

No special process is involved with this type of commercial transaction, although such transactions require authorisation under the Lands Acquisition Act 1989 [External Site] .

On occasions an authority may need to acquire, for a public purpose, an interest in land that is not available in the market. These 'off-market' acquisitions may occur by negotiated agreement or by compulsory process.

  • Acquisitions by agreement require a pre-acquisition declaration as set out in section 40 of the Lands Acquisition Act 1989.
  • Please see Compulsory Acquisitions for further information about the processes involved.

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