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ItemAuthoritative land information and Australian property marketsTambuwala, Nilofer ; RAJABIFARD, ABBAS ; BENNETT, ROHAN ; WALLACE, JUDE ; WILLIAMSON, IAN (International Federation of Surveyors (FIG), 2012)Land information has an important role to play in informing macroeconomic policy. In particular, timely and accurate market information relating to land tenure and value is essential for evidence-based fiscal and monetary decisions, such as interest rates on dept financing and assessing property base taxes. Currently in Australia, there appears to be a gap between the creators of land information at the state level and the users of the information at the federal level. The capacity of evidence-based policy is under-realised as a result. This paper explores the inter-governmental land information flows within three state-based land administration systems and the Reserve Bank and Australian Taxation Office. Results of the study show that integration of land market information is occurring within some state land agencies; however communication with federal government departments is limited, leading to information asymmetries. The paper concludes that new options for enabling more seamless land information flows need to be prioritised. Collaboration will be essential.
ItemA better way to manage land informationTambuwala, Nilofer ; BENNETT, ROHAN ; RAJABIFARD, ABBAS (The Intermedia Group, 2010)Australia’s Federal Government has no constitutional authority over land administration. Each state and territory has its own system and, to date, this system has served the nation well. Each system is reflected in the historic, independent pattern where each jurisdiction computerises its own processes and operates according to its own timetable, needs, reporting functions, customer service design and other imperatives. However, the country’s capacity to meet increasingly national issues – such as management of the macro economy, a national property market, climate change response, disaster management, national business coordination and national security– is problematic. Seamless information about landownership, and its use, value and development is essential to the strategic planning of capital cities. Processes such as levying capital gains tax, allocating drought relief, and managing crime and terrorism all require broad strategic planning, as do the development of early warning systems for emergencies and climate change initiatives. As a consequence, national priorities that rely on information about land are faced with the technical, policy and institutional barriers that come with integrating data from multiple state-based sources. The solution is a national land information infrastructure.
ItemSpatially Enabling Land Administration: Drivers, Initiatives and Future Directions for AustraliaWallace, JW ; MARWICK, B ; Bennett, RMB ; Rajabifard, AR ; Williamson, IPW ; TAMBUWALA, N ; POTTS, K ; AGUNBIADE, M ; Rajabifard, A ; Crompvoets, J ; Kalantari, M ; Kok, B (Leuven University Press, 2010)