Consultation on Crown Lands Draft State Strategic Plan

24 July, 2020

The NSW Department of Planning, Industry and Environment (DPIE) has released the Crown Lands draft State Strategic Plan for public consultation.

Submissions are due 20 August 2020. Details about making a submission are below.

Under the Crown Land Management Act 2016 the NSW Government is required to create a State Strategic Plan for Crown land.

Key aspects of the draft State Strategic Plan

The draft plan recognises Aboriginal Land Rights as key to achieving the social, cultural, economic and environmental objectives of the Crown Land Management Act 2016.

One of the four key priorities of the plan is to work with Aboriginal communities to realise the potential of Aboriginal Land Rights.

Consultation on Crown Lands Draft State Strategic Plan

The plan commits the government to seeking new ways of working with Aboriginal people that recognise Aboriginal people’s legal rights, wisdom and contribution. This includes:

  • Making Aboriginal land transfers a priority and seeing them as an opportunity
  • Contributing to the ongoing recognition of Native Title rights
  • Exploring co-management of land to generate mutual benefits
  • Collaborating with Aboriginal groups in each place to improve outcomes

NSWALC will continue to advocate for stronger action by governments to support social, cultural and economic outcomes from Aboriginal Land Rights.

Aboriginal Land Rights must be seen as a public outcome itself and also a way to deliver broader public outcomes, including jobs growth, sustainable economic progress, stronger community connections and climate change resilience, to name a few.

Online information sessions

DPIE will host an online information session for Local Aboriginal Land Councils:

DateTimeRegister for Event
Friday 7 August 20203:00 – 4:00pm  Registration

DPIE will host four online information sessions for the general public:

DateTimeRegister for Event
Thursday 30 July 20206:00 – 7:00pmRegistration
Friday 31 July 202012:30 – 1:30pmRegistration
Thursday 6 August 20205:30 – 6:30pmRegistration
Friday 7 August 20201:00 – 2:00pmRegistration

Have your say

Feedback on the draft State Strategic Plan for Crown Land can be provided until midnight Thursday 20 August 2020 via the link below:

Mail: PO Box 2155, Dangar NSW 2309

More information:

Please visit the DPIE website at:

For more information please contact the NSW Aboriginal Land Council Strategy & Policy Unit on 02 9689 4444 or


We pay our respects to the Traditional Owners of the lands where we work as well as across the lands we travel through. We also acknowledge our Elders past, present and emerging.

Artwork Credit: Craig Cromelin, from a painting he did titled, "4 favourite fishing holes". It is a snippet of his growing years on the Lachlan River, featuring yabby, turtle, fish and family.