Approximately 93% of Western Australia’s land area is Crown land (that is, not private land). The majority of this comprises pastoral leases, reserves and “unallocated” Crown land. Approximately 7.6% of the State is set aside for conservation purposes.

With such a large area managed by public authorities, the laws applying to the use and administration of Crown lands are of great importance in Western Australia. This Fact Sheet examines the law in relation to Crown Land. It covers controls and management over unallocated Crown land, and reserves other than conservation reserves.

For information on management of terrestrial conservation reserves, see Fact Sheet: Conservation reserves, for State forests, see Fact Sheet: State forests and timber reserves, for marine reserves, Fact Sheet: Marine parks and reserves, and for pastoral leases, see Fact Sheet: Pastoral land management.