Australian Government Property Register - Owned Estate

The Commonwealth Property Management Framework (the Framework) applies to property owned or leased by the Commonwealth in Australia, including external territories and for those located overseas.

As part of its reporting obligations under the Framework, the Department of Finance maintains the Australian Government Property Register for leased and owned Commonwealth property.

The Australian Government Property Register contains a list of landholdings owned by non-corporate Commonwealth entities, including title and address information, along with a geospatial link to each site.

In addition, these landholdings can be viewed on the National Map or can be accessed at data.gov.au.

Under the ownership and disposal part of the Framework, property should only be held by the Commonwealth where it demonstrably contributes to government service delivery outcomes and ownerships represents value for money.

Alternative Use Proposals

Other levels of government, businesses, members of the public and other stakeholders could have local knowledge of individual Commonwealth landholdings and suggestions for better and innovative uses. The Commonwealth, through the Department of Finance, welcomes alternative use proposals for sites that are:

  • surplus,
  • potentially surplus or
  • under-utilised.

How to propose an alternative use

Search the Australian Government Property Register and complete the corresponding proposal form for the relevant parcel of land.

An alternative use of land might be to deliver more houses, community amenities, key services or employment hubs.

Submit your completed proposal form to the Department of Finance for review. Once submitted, the proposal will be formally acknowledged and a reference number provided.

How proposals will be considered

1. SUBMIT PROPOSAL2. PRELIMINARY ASSESSMENT3. CONSULTATION AND ASSESSMENT4. OUTCOME
Department of Finance (Finance) receives a proposal via the online form. Finance will conduct a preliminary assessment of the proposal against the following criteria, to determine if the proposal warrants further consideration:
  • whether the site is essential for Government service delivery outcomes;
  • whether the proposal is feasible and represents value for money to the Commonwealth;
  • benefit to the economy, community and/or environment from the proposed use;
  • whether the proposal aligns with Government policy; and
  • other relevant factors, including any that may arise as a consequence of the nature and content of the proposal.
If the proposal does not progress to the next stage Finance will advise the proponent of the outcome.
Finance will undertake an in-depth assessment of the proposal which will include consulting with the owning entity and other relevant Government stakeholders to consider the options, risks and opportunities for the proposed alternative use. Finance will advise the proponent of the outcome following consideration by Government.
Please note, timeframes for considering alternative use proposal may vary depending on the location, nature and complexity of the property/proposal.

How land disposals will be conducted

The submission of an alternative use proposal does not constitute a right to buy or use a property by the person submitting the form.

If a proposal leads to the disposal of land, the sale will be conducted in the accordance with the Commonwealth Property Disposal Policy. The Policy requires surplus land to be sold on the open market unless agreed otherwise by the Minister for Finance.

Depending on the nature of the proposal, the sale conditions may require that the purchaser must use the land for an agreed specified purpose.

Intellectual Property

While all reasonable steps will be taken to protect the intellectual property of the proposer, participation in a process where an alternative land purpose is proposed, could be publicly disclosed, for example, through an open market disposal process.

Privacy

The Department of Finance’s Privacy Policy sets out its personal information collection and handling practices.

Last updated: 01 December 2017