About the LTPIA

What is the Land Tenure Pathway for Irrigated Agriculture (LTPIA)? 

The Land Tenure Pathway for Irrigated Agriculture (LTPIA) initiative provides a boost to regional Western Australian communities through the development and diversification of the agriculture and food sector. 

The LTPIA has been developed to help stimulate greater economic development and investment opportunities across the State by removing land tenure constraints and building capacity to enable expansion and generation of agricultural economic activity. The initiative supports and provides clarity, consistency and transparency in decision making processes under the Land Administration Act 1997 (LAA).  It clarifies the process for changing existing Crown land tenure to a form of tenure suitable for large scale irrigated agriculture. Changing tenure is complex and takes time; the LTPIA makes this process clearer.

Did you know?

The LTPIA clarifies the process for changing existing Crown land tenure to a form of tenure suitable for large scale irrigated agriculture. 

Overview of the Land Tenure Pathway for Irrigated Agriculture (LTPIA)

The LTPIA aims to reduce the regulatory burden in Western Australia by outlining a clear pathway to develop land for irrigated agriculture.  

The LTPIA will assist you in obtaining more secure land tenure (e.g. converting a portion of a Pastoral Lease or other Crown land to long term leasehold or freehold) to attract investment and allow diversification into high-value intensive irrigated agriculture where water is available. 
It is designed to make the process clearer and streamline information, providing the tools to enable land tenure change and increase development opportunities to diversify land use. The LTPIA ensures you are aware of what is required prior to applying and what actions you need to undertake throughout the process.

You should use the LTPIA when:

  • Your goal is to convert a portion of an existing Pastoral Lease or other Crown land, for example unallocated Crown land (UCL) or unmanaged reserves, to an alternative tenure for irrigated agriculture. An unmanaged reserve means there is no management body registered on the Crown land title for the reserve.
  • Your Project Proposal area is less than ten thousand hectares in size.
  • You have, or intend to seek, the support of anyone who has an interest in the land.
  • The land is NOT part of a State driven initiative or development, or of State significance.
  • The State is not funding or providing infrastructure, that is, you are responsible for seeking approvals and funding for infrastructure.

All proposals will be proponent-driven. This means that you (the proponent) will be responsible for initiating, funding and driving the process. This will include, but is not limited to:

  • Selecting of the area for your Project Proposal.
  • Suitability of the area.
  • Assessing and managing any impacts on the natural resources.
  • Arranging access to the land such as a road or easement to get to the area.
  • Consulting with stakeholders and gaining in-principle support.
  • Conducting due diligence associated with your proposal.
  • Analysing and preparing for the administrative processes which are outlined in this website.

The LTPIA process summary diagram outlines the four stages of the pathway process.

Further Information

For further information relating to the LTPIA, or DPLH's role in administering Crown land, please visit the following pages:

General information

Land Tenure

Native Title

Pastoral Leases

For more guidance about how best to use the this website, please read through the content on the how to use this website page.

This information is for general purposes only and Department of Planning, Lands and Heritage (DPLH) does not guarantee the completeness, accuracy, reliability or suitability for its use. It does not constitute advice, legal or otherwise. It is the reader’s responsibility to confirm the accuracy of information with the relevant agencies at the time of use.

Page updated 1/08/2018

Back to top