Legislation & reform
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.
Review of Landgate’s enabling legislation
In accordance with section 93 of the LIA Act, the Minister for Lands must review the operation and effectiveness of the Act every five years.
2017 marked 10 years since the commencement of the LIA Act and establishment of Landgate as Western Australia’s Land Information Authority. As such, a review was conducted during 2017, led by independent reviewer Ms Nicole Lockwood.
In satisfying the requirement of the LIA Act, the review considered:
- the effectiveness of Landgate’s operations
- the need for continuation of Landgate’s functions
- pricing reform for Landgate’s regulated fees and charges
- other matters that may be relevant to the operation and effectiveness of the Act.
The review process included consultation with a range of stakeholders from across the public and private sectors, as well as extensive analysis of Landgate’s operations and performance over the last five years.
The final review report was tabled in Parliament by the Minister for Lands on 29 November 2017, finding Landgate to be effective in its operations, having delivered value to the state through the provision of services relating to land information in Western Australia. View the 2017 review report.
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.
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.