The Valuer-General is the statutory government officer responsible for establishing and maintaining municipal valuation rolls used for local government rating and tax purposes under the Valuation of Land Act 2001.

The Valuer-General is also responsible for the competitive tendering system which awards contracts for valuation services under the Act and for monitoring the quality of valuation services performed by contractors. The process of acquisition of land by government agencies and the assessment of compensation for dispossessed landowners under the Land Acquisition Act 1993 is also administered by the Valuer-General.



The Act provides for statutory valuations to be undertaken by the Valuer-General for rating and taxing purposes on a cyclical basis. In line with the National Competition Policy, provision has been made for statutory valuations to be provided to the Valuer-General by way of competitive tender. The Legislation also enables a landowner to object to a valuation made by the Valuer-General and provides that in the event of an ongoing dispute, for a final determination to be made by either the Land Valuation Court or the Supreme Court.

The Act came into force on 28 June 2002 and does not drastically depart from the provisions contained in the repealed legislation, namely the Land Valuation Act 1971. The following sets out some of the more significant changes incorporated into the Legislation:

In addition numerous other Acts make reference to the Valuer-General such as the Local Government Act 1993, Land and Income Taxation Act 2000 and the Libraries Act 1984. For example under the Crown lands (Shack Sites) Act 1997 the Valuer-General is required to assess the value of shack sites for sale purposes. That Act also provides for a review of the assessment by the Valuer-General and if necessary for him to refer the assessment to the Land Valuation Court.


In line with the National competition Policy formal registration of land valuers has been substituted with a negative form of "registration." The Act provides that a land valuer must complete a prescribed course of study and have the necessary practical experience as determined by the Australian Property Institute or other organisation representing the interests of valuers in Tasmania.

The Act empowers the Director of Consumer Affairs and Fair Trading to investigate complaints. The Director must keep a register of disciplinary action taken, which may be inspected by the public at the Office of the Director. It is considered that these provisions afford transparency to the public in respect of any investigation.


The Act makes provision for the acquisition of land by the Crown, public and local authorities and promoters. The legislation sets out the formal acquisition process including entry on to property, how compensation is to be assessed and dispute resolution.

Amendments have been incorporated into the Act to enable the acquisition of land for the purposes of major infrastructure projects. These provisions have not altered the assessment of compensation, but have expanded certain time frames in which action must be taken, in which to facilitate the acquisition for such purposes.

Officers of the OVG undertake the acquisition of land as delegates of the Minister administering the Act.


Under the provisions of the Valuation of Land Act 2001 the Valuer-General is required establish and maintain the Valuation Roll and to revalue each valuation district within a 7 year period.

Statistics in respect of the Tasmanian Valuation Roll as at the 1 July 2002 are as follows:

Number of Municipal Areas 29
Number of Valuation Roll Entries 267,140
Number of Valuations 241,138
Total Land Value $10,508,833,996
Total Capital Value $29,966,204,415
Total Assessed Annual Value $1,980,372,191

Contracts have been let by competitive tender for the supply of statutory valuations to the Valuer-General in respect of 17 valuation districts. Currently five tenders are under consideration (as at July 2002).

The Valuer-General will in consultation with local government agree upon a schedule to reflect future revaluations cycles. This will enable forward planning by prospective valuation contractors.

During the 2001-02 financial year the OVG supervised and issued revaluations for the valuation districts of Hobart and Southern Midlands. The OVG is currently preparing a Valuation Policy Manual based on the Valuation of Land Act 2001, which came into force on 28 June 2002. It is anticipated that the manual will be of assistance to valuation services