Pastoral leases are limited to the natural surface of the land only, and the lessee has no right to the soil or timber.
Pastoral purposes are defined as:
a) the commercial grazing of livestock such as sheep, cattle and goats on native vegetation
b) agricultural, horticultural or other supplementary uses of land inseparable from, essential to, or normally carried out in conjunction with the grazing of authorized stock, including the production of stock feed
c) activities ancillary to the activities mentioned in paragraphs (a) and (b).
Pastoral land diversification permits
Pastoral land lessee compliance
The subleasing of all or part of a lease requires the written approval of the Minister for Lands (or their delegate). The subleasing of only a part of a lease also requires the written permission of the Pastoral Lands Board.
The lease, and hence the rights accorded by the lease, may be transferred only with the consent of the Minister for Lands, however the underlying land remains Crown land.