Direct Land Sales

In certain circumstances, the Government may release land by 'direct sale', where a lease is offered for sale without going through a competitive process such as an auction. This method of land release may only be considered where an applicant and their proposed use of land meet statutory requirements including relevant eligibility criteria, and can demonstrate a viable business case.

The Sustainable Land Strategy Branch of the Directorate undertakes the functions associated with managing the direct sale of land processes. The Land Development Agency (LDA) prepares and releases land for sale following Government approval of a direct sale.  If you are thinking about making an application for the direct sale of land, it is important that you read the guiding documents set out below in Steps 1-4.

The steps 1-4 will assist you in preparing a 'business case' as part of your direct sale application and help you determine whether your organisation and proposal meets the requirements of:

  1. Decide if you should apply
  2. Download the correct eligibility application
  3. Develop your business case
  4. Complete and submit your eligibility application


Application Forms

How does the direct sale application process work?

Applications will go through the following process:

  1. Once you have finalised your direct sale application. Ensure you have completed all necessary sections and included all additional documentary evidence as required. Ensure that you have been clear about the purpose you intend to use the land for, noting that any areas of ambiguity may result in delays and that your organisation may have to go through the process again if you change your proposal after the Government has given its in- principle approval.
  2. Submit your application (both in hard copy and electronically on a CD) together with the applicable fee to:
    Postal Details
    Post to:Hand deliver to
    The Manager
    Project Facilitation and Direct Sales
    Economic Development Directorate
    GPO Box 158, Canberra ACT 2601
    The Manager
    Project Facilitation and Direct Sales
    Economic Development Directorate
    Ground Floor, TransACT House, 470 Northbourne Avenue, Dickson
  3. EDD will write to your organisation acknowledging receipt of the application and seeking clarification or further information as required.
  4. Once EDD is satisfied that it has enough information, your application will be circulated across the ACT Government giving all relevant Directorates the opportunity to comment on the proposal. If the application is generally supported by the Directorate a request will be made to the Government to make a formal decision regarding your organisation's eligibility to obtain a direct sale of a lease over land from the ACT Government.
  5. Provided that the Government has agreed to the Direct Sale, EDD/LDA will commence a site selection process (if necessary) and perform the appropriate due diligence, site preparation and valuation procedures that are required to prepare the land for the grant of a Crown lease (either concessional on non-concessional depending on the application) to your organisation.
  6. Once this work has been completed EDD/LDA will send a formal offer of a lease on behalf of the Government to your organisation.

You should note that:

  1. eligibility for a direct sale of land does not guarantee an offer of a lease;
  2. a direct sale will generally take between 6 months and 1 year to complete depending on the proposal;
  3. supplying insufficient evidence or incomplete applications could cause delays to the direct sale;
  4. application fees for direct sale applications are:

    Commercial Entity Applications $11,249.00
    Community Entity Applications $ 2,812.00
    Government Entity Applications $ 2,812.00

  5. application fees can be paid by:  
    cheque made payable to Land Development Agency or
    electronically (BSB: 032777 and A/C 000372 making sure you include your organisations name as a reference) and are required on delivery of the application, a receipt will be sent out to you by mail;
  1. applicants receiving concessional leases will be required at settlement to pay for the cost of all site investigation reports (generally between $10,000 and $25,000) undertaken by the ACT Government in preparing the land for sale. These costs must also be taken into account in the financial capacity (costs) section of your application.

For questions about the direct sale of land process, including how to apply contact us