Some NSW and Australian Government agencies, state-owned corporations and local councils can acquire privately-owned land for public purposes, such as:

  • public transport
  • roads
  • schools
  • hospitals
  • parklands.

These agencies are known as acquiring authorities.

The Centre for Property Acquisition is an independent service that helps these authorities to follow NSW guidelines and understand their obligations in the acquisition process. It also checks and reports on performance in relation to acquisitions in NSW and aims to support affected property owners by providing an open and fair process during this experience.

If your property is being acquired, the Centre for Property Acquisition can help guide you through the stages of property valuation, compensation and agreement. You can also access free confidential support through the Property Acquisition Support Line.

Last updated: 13 December 2023