Legislation & reform

Enabling legislation

Landgate was established under the Land Information Authority Act 2006 (LIA Act) to be an innovative, commercially-focused statutory authority responsible for Western Australia's land and property information.

Information about land and its ownership, use and management is vital for WA's economic, social and environmental development. The LIA Act prescribes the powers Landgate has to perform its functions and in doing so, helps to maintain the State's competitive edge in the national and global economy.

The LIA Act is broad enabling legislation, empowering Landgate to:

  • deliver core government services in land titling, land information and valuation
  • provide new systems and online services to open up access to extensive government databases about land
  • lead the commercial development of the State's land information, which has acquired market value as a result of significant changes in technology, use and demand.

The legal authority for these functions is retained within other Acts such as the Transfer of Land Act 1893, Strata Titles Act 1985 and Valuation of Land Act 1978.

Landgate's operations are affected by more than 100 Acts. The Landgate annual report has more details on our legislation and governance arrangements.

2022 review of Landgate’s enabling legislation

In accordance with section 93 of the Land Information Authority Act 2006, the Minister for Lands must conduct a review of the operations and effectiveness of the Act every five years. An open consultation process is currently underway to gather input from customers and the community to help inform the review, which is due to be tabled in Parliament this year.

To find out more about the review or have your say as part of this consultation process see the 2022 review of Landgate's enabling legislation page.

Administered legislation

Landgate is responsible for administering legislation under the Transfer of Land Act 1893 and Strata Titles Act 1985 to regulate the registration of land transactions and Valuation of Land Act 1978 to make valuations for rating & taxing and other purposes. The Licensed Surveyors Act 1909 regulates authorised survey registration and licensed surveyors.

Legislative reform

WA is changing and has a growing population with diverse expectations and needs, as well as technological, environmental and social change. These factors influence what our customers do and where, when and how they do it.

Legislative reform and improvements to Landgate's internal business systems and processes are ongoing. This ensures we continue to deliver core public services that meet the future requirements of WA, as well being innovative and identifying commercial opportunities to deliver a fair return to the State.

By listening to and working closely with our customers, stakeholders and community, we identify opportunities to improve what we do and how we do it. Through extensive consultation, we gain valuable insights into the needs of industry, government and the citizens of WA. This shapes the policy that we develop on behalf of the State, and means that our legislation remains current and reflects the ever-changing needs of our customers, our people and our community.

The priority reform programs currently underway include:

This page was last updated on: 16 Oct 2022