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Retaining Shacks commitment

New opportunity for Shack owners

The South Australian Government is creating new opportunities for families to retain their shacks by expanding the eligibility to maintain a lease in return for upgrading the shack to meet contemporary safety, amenity and environmental standards.

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.

What are we doing

A new policy framework is being developed that will provide certainty of tenure. A moratorium is in place that halts the current practice of automatically terminating shack leases upon the death of the last person named on the lease. All pending revaluations of shack lease rents have been put on hold.

A comprehensive review of the legislation, regulations, policies, plans and standards involved in delivering the commitment is being undertaken.

What we have done to date:

  • Regulatory and policy landscape reviewed
  • Targeted consultation undertaken with key stakeholders
  • Policy Development
  • Consultation on Preliminary Discussion Paper
  • Legal barriers addressed
  • Crown Land Management (Section 78B Leases) Amendment Bill 2019 prepared to amend the Crown Land Management Act 2009
  • Park management plan amendments drafted to amend relevant park management plans

New amendments to support the Commitment

Amendments are being sought to the Crown Land Management Act 2009, that will enable the development of suitable longer term tenure. 

Refer to the following for further details:

Strong Stakeholder engagement

Targeted engagement with key stakeholders is being undertaken to understand the regulatory and policy context, and stakeholders’ expectations regarding the implementation of the commitment.

Findings from the Retaining Shacks Discussion Paper

In June 2019 the Department released a preliminary discussion paper to report on the work undertaken by the South Australian Government to deliver the Retaining Shacks commitment. This included consultation with the lessees, relevant Government Agencies, Local Councils, ‘Friends of Park’s groups’, Traditional Owners and representatives from the Shack Owners Association. 


A summary of the results of the consultation is available at the link below and will contribute to development of the policy and planning process.


Supporting documents

Stakeholder updates

For further information about progress, read the following updates from Minister for Environment and Water David Speirs:

Further information

For further detail see the Overview and Frequently Asked Questions

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