Managing land resources
All landholders have a statutory obligation of duty of care for the land, and must take all reasonable and practical steps to prevent harm to the environment and to areas of cultural heritage.
The department provides advice on technical matters and policy direction related to a number of incentive schemes for sustainable land and water management administered by QRAA (formerly the Queensland Rural Adjustment Authority).
Effective planning is the essence of good land management. Landholders can use property-level planning to document resources and management practices, and to design property changes. In some cases, preparation of such a plan is a regulatory requirement.
The purpose of land and water management plans (LWMPs) is to ensure that irrigation water-use practices are sustainable. In certain circumstances, the requirement for an LWMP can be triggered by the Water Act 2000.
Land degradation problems include salinity, soil erosion, soil acidification and soil compaction, which have arisen as a result of factors such as land management practices, drought, and urban development.
A statutory covenant is a written agreement that may be registered on title. The department has developed guidelines to help those who are preparing to enter into statutory covenants to protect land.
The Land Manager's Monitoring Guide provides a suite of natural resource monitoring information to assist land managers in monitoring and demonstrating the results of more sustainable management actions.
Queensland soils and land resource information provides a description of landscapes and their characteristics and attributes for land management and planning.
Last reviewed 14 March 2011
Last updated 24 September 2009