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Frequently Asked Questions

Which shacks does the commitment apply to?

The commitment applies to shacks located on Crown land or in national parks that are on life tenure or fixed-term tenure leases for ‘holiday accommodation purposes’ where there is no existing arrangement for the long-term tenure for those sites.

It does not apply to outstanding matters from previous freeholding deeds and land management agreements, and does not apply retrospectively to leases that have been terminated or shacks that have already been demolished.  

What is the latest progress?

On 28 January 2020, the Crown Land Management Act 2009 Amendment (Section 78B Leases) was proclaimed, the amendments allow eligible shacks on Crown land to be retained, provided certain requirements are met by shack leaseholders.

Draft amendments have been proposed for four park management plans, including Coorong National Park, Innes National Park, Little Dip Conservation Park and the Parks of the Coffin Bay Area, to allow the retention of shacks in those parks.

When will current leaseholders be able to apply for alternative tenure?

Beginning in late February 2020, all eligible Crown land shack leaseholders (or nominees) were invited to register their interest in applying for longer tenure for their shack sites.

All leaseholders received specific information about the broader shack settlement area where their shack is located to help them understand future requirements associated with securing longer tenure.

For more information about the application process, read the Applying for longer tenure page.

Is it compulsory to apply for longer tenure?

There is no obligation to apply for longer tenure – it is entirely voluntary. Leaseholders who are not interested in applying for longer tenure can remain on their current life-tenure shack arrangement.

How long will the amendments to park management plans take?

Proposed amendments to the park management plans for Coorong National Park, Innes National Park, Little Dip Conservation Park and the Parks of the Coffin Bay Area were open for public consultation for a 3-month period.

The consultation period closed on Friday 28 February 2020 and feedback received will inform the final draft park management plan amendments.

What other progress has been made to date?

Since the Retaining Shacks Project commenced in April 2018:

  • A moratorium has been placed on the automatic termination of shack leases upon the death of the last lessee named on the lease.
  • All pending revaluations of shack sites have been put on hold.
  • Targeted consultation has been undertaken with key stakeholders such as shack owners’ associations, local councils, government agencies and other relevant organisations.
  • An extensive review has been undertaken of the legislation, regulations, policies, plans, standards and commitments governing
    • shacks on Crown land
    • shacks in national parks
    • co-management of Innes and Coorong national parks
    • Native Title
    • contemporary safety, amenity and environmental standards
    • planning and development requirements (and reforms)
  • Feedback was sought on a Preliminary Discussion Paper, which outlined the work undertaken to progress the commitment, the legal barriers that needed to be addressed, the regulatory requirements that needed to be complied with, and the contemporary standards that needed to be met.
  • Legal barriers have been addressed, namely amending the Crown Land Management Act 2009 to formally allow greater tenure for shack leases on Crown land.
  • Proposed amendments have been made to relevant park management plans, which, if endorsed, would formally allow greater tenure for shack leases in national parks.
  • A three-month consultation has begun on the proposed amendments to the relevant park management plans.
What were the findings from the Retaining Shacks Preliminary Discussion Paper?

In June 2019 the department released a preliminary discussion paper to report on the work undertaken to deliver the Retaining Shacks commitment.

Feedback was sought on the sections related to the proposed contemporary standards, the assessment process, valuation methodology and approach to strengthening links between rangers, volunteer groups and shack lessees.

A summary of this feedback is now available:

This feedback is contributing to the ongoing development of the policy and planning process.

What action can I take until my shack is assessed?
  • Shack leaseholders should continue to comply with the conditions of their lease, including maintaining their shack and surrounding areas.

When invited to indicate their preference for longer tenure, shack leaseholders will be provided with further details of the requirements to be met before longer tenure can be offered.

Where the shack is in a shack settlement, leaseholders are encouraged to work with their shack owners’ association (if one exists), other leaseholders, the local council and relevant agencies to understand what they may need to do to align with the relevant standards receive.

How can I contact a shack owners association?

DEW is working closely with shack owners associations to achieve whole-of-settlement goals and provide regular updates about current processes.

Leaseholders who want to join or get in touch their local shack owners association can reach out to these contacts:

Shack owner association

Key contact



Shack Owner Association of SA

Geoff Gallasch


0400 597 065


Keith Turner

0404 893 001


Glenelg River

Brett Orr - President

0407 369 151

Fishermans Bay

Greg Traeger

0429 838 716

Kellidie Bay

Rod Beames


Hanson Bay

Cate Telfer


Smoky Bay

Yvonne Kelsh

Pondalowie (Innes NP)

Brenton Chivell




Coorong NP

Geoff Gallasch

0400 597 065


Is there any information about specific shack settlements?

Certain shack settlements might have specific issues that leaseholders need to consider before applying for longer tenure.

Information relevant to specific shack settlements can be found in these factsheets:

Factsheets are not available for areas where there are only minimal shack leases remaining in a settlement area.

For shacks that aren’t located in these settlements, read these factsheets for more information about your specific site:


Please refer all enquiries on the Retaining Shacks Commitment to:

Post:     Retaining Shacks Project
             GPO Box 1047   
             ADELAIDE 5001
Phone:  (08) 8204 1218

Note:  While amendments are being pursued to the relevant park management plans, the DEW Shacks Team will not be able to respond to enquiries about individual shack sites within national parks.

For further information please read the Retaining Shacks commitment

For enquiries on general lease transactions email or contact your local Crown lands office.  

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