University of Technology Sydney

17132 Land Acquisition Statutory Valuation and Litigation

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UTS: Design, Architecture and Building: School of the Built Environment
Credit points: 6 cp
Result type: Grade and marks

There are course requisites for this subject. See access conditions.


This subject engages students in the statutory valuation processes that underpins the assessment of compensation in land acquisition matters, the rating and taxing of land from both a government and property owners perspective and the impact of developer charges and imposts. The subject further examines the acquisition process engaged by government through the compulsory process and those used by developers and their impact on development. It further equips students with the skills to negotiate outcomes in which options exist for resolution and settlement in expediting development decisions.

The subject is designed to assist in formulating policy and frameworks for reforming potential lengthy hold-outs in the acquisition process and for reviewing inefficient land and property taxes and replacing these with more efficient forms of tax revenues from property. It equips students with the ability to assess, prepare and defend statutory valuations used for land acquisition, rating and taxing purposes and statutory charges in the development process. The subject is designed to cover the preparation of instructions, statements of evidence and the presentation and delivery of expert evidence in rating and taxing matters and compulsory acquisition cases in the development of land and property.

Contribution to the development of graduate attributes

The term CAPRI is used for the five Design, Architecture and Building faculty graduate attribute categories where:

C = communication and groupwork

A = attitudes and values

P = practical and professional

R = research and critique

I = innovation and creativity.

Course intended learning outcomes (CILOs) are linked to these categories using codes (e.g. C-1, A-3, P-4, etc.).

Content (topics)

  • Fundamental components of the compulsory acquisition land
  • Presentation of expert evidence
  • Rating and taxing of land and statutory valuation processes.

Minimum requirements

Students must achieve at least 50% of the subject’s total mark.