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Retaining Shacks commitment

Currently, life tenure leases for holiday accommodation purposes (shack leases) for shacks on Crown land and in national parks terminate upon the death of the last lessee on the lease. However, the South Australian Government is committed to creating new opportunities for families to retain these shacks by expanding the eligibility to maintain a lease in return for upgrading the shack to meet contemporary safety, amenity and environmental standards.

Until a new policy framework is developed that will provide certainty of tenure and valuations going forward, a moratorium has been placed on the current practice of automatically terminating shack leases upon the death of the last person named on the lease and all pending revaluations of shack lease rent have been put on hold.

DEW has undertaken a comprehensive review of the legislation, regulations, policies, plans, standards and commitments involved in delivering the Retaining Shacks commitment, and has undertaken targeted engagement with key stakeholders to understand the regulatory and policy context and stakeholders’ expectations regarding the implementation of the commitment.

For further detail about the progress so far, see the Overview and Frequently Asked Questions or read the Preliminary Retaining Shacks Discussion Paper, below. 

Preliminary Retaining Shacks Discussion Paper

A Preliminary Retaining Shacks Discussion Paper is now available, which outlines the findings to date and the actions being undertaken to progress the Retaining Shacks commitment.

As outlined in the discussion paper, in order to progress the commitment, amendments are being sought to the Crown Land Management Act 2009Refer to the following for further details:


Your feedback is sought on elements of the Preliminary Discussion Paper and the Bill. Have your say by completing the online survey by 5 pm Monday 15 July 2019.

Your feedback will help shape the policy framework so that it responds to your interests, while also meeting regulatory requirements and contemporary standards.

For a hard-copy of the discussion paper, Bill or the survey phone (08) 8821 2588 or email

More information

 For further information about the progress of this new direction for shacks, read the following updates from Minister for Environment and Water David Speirs:

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