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.
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
All Australians are able to propose alternative use arrangements for Commonwealth land, through the Australian Government Property Register. 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.
While the Commonwealth, through the Department of Finance, welcomes alternative use proposals for any landholding owned by non-corporate Commonwealth entities, not all landholdings listed on the Australian Government Property Register are surplus to Commonwealth requirements.
Upon receipt of an alternative use proposal, the Department of Finance, in conjunction with the owning-entity, will undertake an in-depth assessment of the landholding. All Commonwealth divestment must comply with the Commonwealth Property Disposal Policy which generally requires property be sold on the open-market for full market value, unless one of a limited number of exceptions is met.
How to propose an alternative use
Search the Australian Government Property Register (AGPR) and note the corresponding AGPR land identification number.
An alternative use of land might be to deliver more houses, community amenities, key services or employment hubs.
Submit your completed proposal, ensuring the AGPR land identification is clearly stated and the criteria is addressed (see “How proposals will be considered for assessment criteria), to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Once submitted, the proposal will be formally acknowledged.
How proposals will be considered
|1. SUBMIT PROPOSAL||2. PRELIMINARY ASSESSMENT||3. CONSULTATION AND ASSESSMENT||4. OUTCOME|
|Department of Finance (Finance) receives a proposal.||Finance will conduct a preliminary assessment of the proposal against the following criteria, to determine if the proposal warrants further consideration:
||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.|
How land disposals will be conducted
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.