Land Acquisition & Compensation

Is your property being acquired for a public purpose?

Receiving a “Notice to Acquire” or a “Notice of Intent to Acquire” can be very stressful and it can be hard to know exactly where you stand. We can help you understand your options and work with you to make sure you are adequately compensated.

How land acquisitions in Victoria work:

In Victoria, authorities like water authorities and Vic Roads can resume all or part of your property for “public purposes” like building roads, rail lines, or laying pipeline.

Compensation for land acquisitions

While you may not be able to prevent the resumption taking place, the legislation requires you to be appropriately compensated.

Usually you’ll receive a “market value” for your property, but there are a few ways this can be calculated. Valuations can also be increased to take account of non-financial disadvantages, such as the inconvenience suffered by you, your age or the fact you may have been living in your residence for a long time.

If you can’t agree on the amount of compensation you’ve been offered by the Government body, you can apply to the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal (VCAT) for resolution, or to the Supreme Court.

Wherever you live in Victoria, we can help you through this process step by step, ensuring you get the compensation you deserve.

When to get advice on land acquisitions

The best time to get legal advice is as soon as you receive a Notice of Acquisition. We can give you expert advice on the procedure the Government authority must follow to ensure your rights are protected.

In most cases, reasonable legal costs in assessing the value of the compensation payable is paid by the acquiring authority, not by you.

Land acquisitions for the Melbourne Metro Rail project

The Melbourne Metro Rail Project is expected to affect over 20,000 residences and businesses, many of whom may have their properties compulsorily acquired. If you’ve received a Notice to Acquire or you need more information about how the Melbourne Metro Rail Project affects you, please get in touch with us today.

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Get in touch today to find out how we can help you if you’re dealing with a compulsory land acquisition or for compensation advice.