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Applying for longer tenure for shacks in national parks

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Lessees of shacks in national parks in South Australia are now able to apply for longer tenure.

If you are a lessee of a shack in a national park on a life-tenure or a fixed-term tenure lease for ‘Holiday Accommodation’ purposes, where this is no existing arrangement for longer tenure or relocation, you are now eligible to apply for longer tenure for your shack site.

You can now begin the process to apply for longer tenure, in the form of a of an initial 5-year lease followed by a right for a long-term lease for a maximum of 30 years (including the initial 5 year lease), provided the conditions of the initial 5 year lease are met.

If the conditions of the lease are not met within 5 years, the lease will expire and longer tenure (in the form of a long-term lease or the option to purchase) will not be granted.


It is important to read the guidelines (PDF 1MB) before you begin the application process.

The guidelines will help you understand the application process and the requirements that need to be met.

They will also assist you in completing the application form and outline the supporting documents you need to prepare before beginning your application.

When you have read the guidelines and other information provided to you, and have prepared your supporting documentation and read the extra resources (if applicable), you are ready to apply.

Applications must be submitted by 31 December 2021.

Apply now

Use the online application form (click on the link for national park leases) to apply for longer tenure. This online application form cannot be saved part-way through, so it must be completed in one sitting.

If you are having difficulty using the online form, a printable version (PDF 0.3MB) of the application form is available. Details on how to submit the hard-copy application are included on the form.

Have questions? Before contacting us, you might want to look through our Frequently Asked Questions.

The application process

The process for applying for longer tenure for a shack in a national park is as follows:



Approximate Timeframes


Lessee completes and submits an application

From 23 November 2020


Suitability assessment is undertaken by DEW. Minister for Environment and Water determines whether to grant initial 5-year lease

10 to 14 weeks*


Applicant is advised of the outcome of their application

1 to 2 weeks


Applicant accepts or rejects the ‘Offer to Lease’

12 weeks


Conveyancing process is actioned to:

  • Formally surrender the existing lease
  • Issue a 5-year lease

8 to 12 weeks**


Lessee meets the terms and conditions of their lease and provides evidence to DEW

Up to 5 years


Conveyancing process is actioned for longer tenure

12 to 16 weeks

*The time taken to assess an application can be highly variable and depends on its complexity, degree of consultation required, and the number of lease applications being assessed.

** The time taken for the conveyancing process is an estimate only and assumes there are no complications on the lessee’s behalf with executing the documents.

Important notes:

  • Submitting an application form and paying the non-refundable application fee does not guarantee that longer tenure will be granted.
  • Applicants can withdraw their application at any point of the application process, prior to the surrender of their current lease and continue with their current arrangements.

Supporting documentation

To support your application for longer tenure on national park shack site you will need to complete these forms:

Please scan the completed forms and upload to your application when prompted.

Extra resources

To support you in preparing your application, you might like to read: 

Shacks in national parks

Park management plan amendments

To enable longer tenure for shacks in national parks, amendments were made to the park management plans for the Coorong National ParkDhilba Guuranda-Innes National ParkKellidie Bay Conservation Park and Little Dip Conservation Park.

The Park Management Plan Draft Amendments were released for public consultation for three months from December 2019, with 243 public submissions received and analysed and changes made to the draft amendments.

In accordance with Section 38 of the National Parks and Wildlife Act 1972, the amendments were adopted by the Minister for Environment and Water in October 2020.

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