Stage 4: Valuation

A valuer will inspect your property

A qualified, experienced and independent valuer with no conflict of interest will assess your land to work out the amount of compensation.

To do this, the valuer will consider all information that both you and the acquiring authority provide, as well as independently requested reports. We will share all this information with you and the acquiring authority.

The valuer must contact you or your representative to discuss your claim for compensation and arrange an inspection of your property. They can also give you information about the process. You can:

  • attend the inspection or send a representative
  • ask questions and raise any issues
  • provide any further information you would like considered as part of your claim.

The valuer will also contact the acquiring authority to discuss issues it would like considered.

You can hire your own expert

As a landowner or person with an interest in the acquired land, you can also hire your own valuer during negotiation or compulsory acquisition. The valuer must:

  • be an independent expert who is qualified to perform the valuation
  • act as an expert, not an advocate
  • comply with professional standards in their valuation.

Valuation fees that you reasonably incur will be refunded as part of your compensation.

For a list of qualified valuers, contact professional membership associations such as:

The valuer will prepare a report

The valuer’s report will:

  • show what they have considered
  • address the concerns you raised in your section 39 claim for compensation form
  • address any other issues you or the acquiring authority raise
  • explain how the compensation was determined
  • resolve any reasonable doubt about the determination in your favour.

Valuers must consider all matters listed in Section 55 of the Land Acquisition Act, called heads of compensation, when preparing this report.

Senior valuers will then do quality assurance on the Valuer General’s behalf. They will review the valuation report and check all aspects of the determination, including the valuer’s assessment of the land’s market value and supporting sales evidence.

For detailed information on the factors a valuer considers and the methods they use, see the Valuer General’s policy (PDF 771.1 KB).

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