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Strategic cropping land

On 13 June, the Strategic Cropping Land Act 2011 was repealed by the Regional Planning Interests Act 2014 (RPI Act). For more information about the RPI Act, including application and assessment processes, contact the Department of State Development, Infrastructure and Planning.

The strategic cropping area (SCA) is an area of regional interest under the RPI Act.

The SCA consists of the areas shown on the SCL trigger map as strategic cropping land (SCL). We are responsible for the SCL trigger map which is an electronic map approved by the chief executive of the Department of Natural Resources and Mines.

SCL is land that is, or is likely to be, highly suitable for cropping because of a combination of the land's soil, climate and landscape features.

Information on applications and decisions made under the repealed Strategic Cropping Land Act is available from the SCL applications and decisions register (XLSX, 31.1KB).

Obtaining SCL maps and data

The updated version of the SCL trigger map (version 2.2) is now available for download. This update has removed recently validated SCL decisions.

Proposed SCL map

The Queensland Government will be increasing the amount of SCL from 7.23 million hectares to 10.17 million hectares based on improved mapping information.

The changes result from the updated information provided by the Agricultural Land Audit and the updated Queensland Land Use Mapping Program.

Certification of the new SCL trigger map will be complete by the end of 2014.

Online property maps

SCL trigger maps for your property can be requested using the form below. The maps are free and will be emailed to you as PDF files.

Request a trigger map

Queensland Globe

You can view the SCL trigger map online by installing Queensland Globe. Open the Globe, then click on the Category globes layer in the bottom left of the screen. Select the farming link on the category globes banner page—a list of layers will appear. Scroll down to find the strategic cropping land layers and metadata. You can view the layers online or download the data for use in geographic information systems (GIS).


To view the SCL trigger map through MinesOnlineMaps, click on Map Layers at the bottom left of the screen. Click on the plus (+) sign beside Constrained Lands to expand the layer, then check the box next to Strategic Cropping.

Statewide and zone maps

GIS data

GIS data is available free from the Queensland Government Information Service (QGIS). To find the datasets, enter the following in section 2 Type of data at the bottom of the page:

  • Search terms: "strategic cropping land" (include the quotation marks)
  • Topic category: Any topic category
  • Data source: Any data source

From the files displayed, select the ones you want to download by checking Add to cart, then select the format of the data. Follow the prompts to access the data. Once you have completed the check-out prompts you will be emailed a link that will allow you to download.

The data can also be obtained on DVD (postage and handling charges apply).

If you require any additional data layers, email (charges may apply).

Correcting the SCL trigger map

Note: If you are applying for a regional interest development approval under the new RPI Act, you do not need to apply to amend the strategic cropping land trigger map.

If you think the SCL trigger map does not represent the actual extent of SCL in a particular area, you can apply to us to amend the map, following our map amendment process.

The SCL trigger map will be updated periodically to reflect any completed amendments.

Validation applications

If you wish to make a submission regarding any of the transitional SCL validation applications that were made under the Strategic Cropping Land Act 2011 whilst it was in effect, complete the Submission form: Strategic cropping land—validation applications (PDF, 509.6KB).

Your application must include submission details, relevant information or evidence and should address zonal criteria and/or cropping history. The application form provides details of requirements.

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Last updated: 21 October 2014

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