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Strategic cropping land

On 13 June 2014, the Strategic Cropping Land Act 2011 (SCL Act) was repealed by the Regional Planning Interests Act 2014 (RPI Act).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 Infrastructure, Local Government 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Information on applications and decisions made under the repealed Strategic Cropping Land Act is available from the SCL applications and decisions register (XLSX, 37.7KB).

Obtaining SCL maps and data

The current version of the SCL trigger map (version 3.4) is available for download.  This map results from information provided by the Agricultural Land Audit and the Queensland Land Use Mapping Program. For more technical information about the how the SCL trigger map was developed see the following publication.

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 Spatial Catalogue (QSpatial). To find the datasets, enter strategic cropping land in the search box at the left of the page.

From the files displayed, select the ones you want to download by checking Download dataset, then select the format of the data and add your email address. Once you have completed the check-out prompts you will be emailed a link that will allow you to download the data.

Correcting the SCL trigger map

If you are applying for a regional interest development approval under the new RPI Act, and addressing required outcome 1 for the strategic cropping area (whether the proposed land meets the 8 soil criteria), 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 relation to criteria set out in the Regional Planning Interests Regulation 2014, or has obvious map errors in your particular area of interest, you can apply to us to amend the map. An obvious mapping error is an area for which a SCL criteria assessment is not required and is easily visible on an aerial or satellite image. Examples include existing open cut mines, power stations, major dams, quarries, licensed wastewater storages, holding ponds and airports.  Generally, the disturbance for the 'obvious error' will have occurred or been authorised prior to the commencement of the SCL Act, or as a result of an approval under the SCL or RPI Act. 

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: 23 May 2016

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