Pastoral land in South Australia covers 410,000 square kilometres of the state, comprising 324 leases. The management, condition and use of pastoral lands is provided for in the Pastoral Land Management and Conservation Act 1989.

The review of the Act provides an opportunity to consider how the value of this significant portion of South Australia can be best realised.

The use of the pastoral rangelands contributes to South Australia’s economy and industry, and is important for Aboriginal culture and supporting local communities. However, the current legislation allows only for very specific uses. To futureproof this landscape and those that depend on it, we are considering how flexibility for a range of uses can be supported.

This could include mixed uses, where a lease is used for multiple purposes, such as grazing, tourism and energy production, for example. Being flexible about land use will allow businesses to diversify to better manage income and risk and take advantage of opportunities as they arise, however this will need to be balanced with the necessity of maintaining the condition of the land for future generations and recognising the rights of Aboriginal people. Reviewing the Act will help ensure the approach to pastoral land management meets industry and government priorities and facilitates industry growth and productivity, while ensuring we maintain land condition.