Multiple Land Use Framework (December 2013)

Publication date: Friday, 13th December 2013.

The Multiple Land Use Framework (MLUF) was developed in recognition of the conflict arising over land access and land use. Commissioned by the former Standing Council on Energy and Resources on 10 June 2011, the MLUF was finalised and endorsed by the Council at its meeting on 13 December 2013.

The MLUF is underpinned by a comprehensive research study undertaken by Sinclair Knight Merz which identified multiple and sequential land use issues, challenges and opportunities confronting access to land. This provided the evidence base to identify approaches used to overcome similar issues and challenges. The study included:

  • Stakeholder consultation;
  • Land use multi-perspective analysis;
  • Policy and planning analysis;
  • Leading practice analysis; and
  • Multiple land use principles analysis.

The MLUF consists of eight guiding principles and nine components (methods and tools), providing a clear direction for policy, planning and development to achieve the following outcomes:

  • Instill a shared commitment between the minerals and petroleum sector and regulators on multiple and sequential land uses;
  • Better inform public discourse;
  • Provide for merit based land access decisions; and
  • Deliver better outcomes for affected communities and land holders.