Pastoral Land Board

The Pastoral Land Board is a statutory authority established under section 11 of the Pastoral Land Act 1992 (Act), charged with administering the Northern Territory pastoral leases in accordance with the Act.

Read the Pastoral Land Act 1992.

The Board has a range of responsibilities and is the consent authority for:

  • clearing of native vegetation on pastoral land
  • non-pastoral use on pastoral land.

See current pastoral land clearing and current non-pastoral use applications and approvals on NT.GOV.AU.

The Board reports to the Minister on various matters including:

  • pastoral lease conversions to perpetuity
  • pastoral lease management plans and
  • pastoral sub-division applications.

The Pastoral Land Board consists of at least five members, appointed by the Minister for Environment and Natural Resources.


Ms Julie Ross


  • Dr Leigh Hunt, Rangeland Scientist
  • Mr David James, Pastoral Manager (Sturt Plateau District)
  • Mr Steven Craig, Pastoral Manager (Victoria River District)
  • Mr Roy Chisholm, Pastoral Manager (Northern Alice Springs District)
  • Mr Alastair Shields, Native title interests and Aboriginal Culture heritage expertise

Role of the Board

Under section 29 of the Pastoral Land Act 1992 (the Act), the functions of the Board are to:

  • report regularly to, and as directed by, the Minister, but in any case not less than once a year, on the general condition of pastoral land and the operations of the Board
  • consider applications for the subdivision or consolidation of pastoral land and make recommendations to the Minister in relation to them
  • plan, establish, operate and maintain systems for monitoring the condition and use of pastoral land on a District or other basis
  • assess the suitability of proposed new pastoral leases over vacant Crown land
  • direct the preparation, and monitor the implementation, of remedial plans
  • monitor, supervise or cause to be carried out work in relation to the rectification of degradation or other damage to pastoral land
  • monitor the numbers and effect of stock and feral and other animals on pastoral land
  • monitor and administer the conditions to which pastoral leases are subject
  • consider and determine applications for permission to use pastoral land for a non-pastoral purpose in accordance with Part 7
  • make recommendations to the Minister on any matter relating to the administration of this Act
  • hear and determine all questions, and consider and make recommendations on all matters, referred to it by the Minister and
  • such other functions as are imposed on it by or under this or any other Act or as directed by the Minister.

Section 30 of the Act gives the Board powers:

  • subject to this Act, the Board has power to do all things that are necessary or convenient to be done for or in connection with or incidental to the performance of its functions and the exercise of its powers
  • for the purposes of performing its pastoral monitoring functions, the members of the Board, and persons authorised in writing for that purpose by the Board, may, after giving reasonable notice to the pastoral lessee of their intention to do so:
    • enter on pastoral land to assess the condition of the land and identify, establish and operate monitoring sites and reference areas
    • inspect recorded land data kept by the pastoral lessee in accordance with the requirements of or under this Act and
    • without limiting the generality of subsection (1), the Board may, for the purposes of performing its functions or exercising its powers, including powers conferred on it elsewhere in this Act, with the approval in writing of the Minister, act as agent for the Territory or a statutory corporation.

The Board hold meetings to consider matters relating to the Northern Territory pastoral estate.

Meetings of the Board are not open to the public, however the Board may invite any person including applicants and submitters to attend a particular meeting to present to them.

2021 meeting dates

  • Tuesday, 9 February 2021
  • Tuesday, 23 March 2021 and Wednesday, 24 March 2021
  • Tuesday, 11 May 2021
  • Tuesday, 8 June 2021 and Wednesday, 9 June 2021
  • Wednesday, 21 July 2021
  • Wednesday, 8 September 2021 and Thursday, 9 September 2021
  • Tuesday, 26 October 2021
  • Thursday, 9 December 2021

The Board receives meeting papers two weeks before the scheduled meeting date. Papers received less than two weeks before a meeting will be considered at the discretion of the Board, or carried forward to the next meeting.

Notification of decisions are subject to settlement of the meeting minutes. Notifications should be available one week after the scheduled date.

Further information

Applications for Pastoral Land Clearing and Non-Pastoral Use are considered by the Board after significant assessment by the department.

Approximate processing times for these applications is six months.

Further information on this process is available on the Northern Territory Government website:

Section 24 of the Pastoral Land Act 1992 provides that the Board may by resolution delegate its powers and functions under the Act to persons or committees of its members.

The following is a list of current delegations made by the Board.

Board meeting and date of resolution Delegated power/functionLimitations Delegated to
Out of session meeting 5/2020 Consent to clear land Determine applications to clear native vegetation that do not exceed 50 hectares in size
  • Chief Executive Office, DEPWS
  • Executive Director, Rangelands Division, DEPWS

Keep up to date by reading the Pastoral Land Board newsletters:

Contact us

For more information about the Pastoral Land Board, contact the Executive Officer:

Phone: 08 8999 4667
Fax: 08 8999 4403

Last updated: 08 February 2021

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