In December 1989 the former Departments of Freehold Land Titles, Geographic Information, Land and Valuer-General were amalgamated to form a new and expanded Lands Department, taking responsibility for a number of functions including cadastral and topographical mapping, Land Information System Co-ordination, Administration Boundary Mapping, Thematic Mapping, Image Services and Remote Sensing.
The rationale for the merger was to promote efficiency and greater co-ordination in the land activities of the state.
Maps, registration of Crown Land surveys
Surveys, town allotments
Surveys, suburban allotments
Deeds, preparation of
The Lands Department reported to the Land Administration Commission which was an advisory and regulatory body. Under the Lands Act Amendment Act 1992 the Land Administration Commission was abolished on 7 December 1992. In its place the Brigalow Corporation was established.
A review of public sector management in the early 1990's resulted in the re-organisation of each government department into a corporate structure. Consequently, the position of Surveyor-General was changed to Program Director, Information.
The name of the Lands Department was changed to the Department of Natural Resources on 26 February 1996.