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Amending the strategic cropping land trigger map

Where it can be demonstrated that the SCL trigger map does not represent the actual extent of SCL in the particular area of interest, the map may be updated and corrected. Corrections may be necessary either as a result of a regional interests development approval, or because a SCL map amendment application successfully demonstrates that the SCL area should be changed.

We will update the SCL trigger map periodically to reflect regional interests development approvals and approved amendments.

Certification of the trigger map for strategic cropping land

The Chief Executive, DNRM certified the electronic Trigger Map for Strategic Cropping Land in Queensland for use under the RPI Act on 18 December 2014. Schedule 3 of the Regional Planning Interest Regulation 2014 (RPI Regulation) outlines the criteria for land when proponents choose to demonstrate the land is or is not SCL. The SCL trigger map has been prepared using the following data:

  • Class A Agricultural Land and Versatile Cropping Land data
  • 1999 Queensland Land Use Mapping Program (QLUMP) data identified as production from agriculture or plantations.

The SCL trigger map excludes:

  • areas that are category B (or remnant vegetation) on the regulated vegetation management map
  • protected areas (i.e. national park, state forest, timber reserve and forest reserve)
  • beaches and foreshores
  • land designated as an urban area
  • areas which contain existing open cut mines, and major infrastructure (e.g. power stations, airport, dams)
  • land validated as non-SCL under the repealed Strategic Cropping Land Act 2011
  • land above the slope criteria limits using the new higher resolution slope data.

Amending the certified trigger map for strategic cropping land

Where not undertaken in the context of a regional interests development approval under the RPI Act, interested parties that believe that the SCL trigger map does not accurately reflect the actual extent of SCL on the subject land, can apply directly to us to amend the SCL trigger map to either add or remove areas.

How to apply

It is recommended that applicants contact us before submitting their application to step through the requirements to ensure your application is processed as quickly as possible.

Where an interested party wishes to approach us directly to amend the SCL trigger map, your application should include:

Applicant's responsibility

It is the applicant's responsibility to provide a copy of the application to any owner(s) of the land subject to the application and allow an appropriate period of time, which is to be determined in consultation with us, for the owner(s) to make a submission.

Notification is only required to owners who are not applicants.

As a minimum, we recommend a period of at least 20 business days for small, less complex applications. For large, complex applications a greater period of time which is reflective of the size and scale of the application may be necessary.

Your application must also contain an SCL map of the subject land, as well as supporting data and relevant attachments. The application form provides details of requirements.

What happens next?

Upon receipt of an application lodged by an interested party seeking to amend the SCL trigger map, we will undertake the following:

  • receipt the applicable fee and issue correspondence to the applicant acknowledging receipt of application
  • assess the application (assessment period) as follows:    
    • check there are no previous approved amendment applications that have not as yet been reflected on the SCL trigger map
    • evaluate the evidence put forward by the applicant in relation to compliance or non-compliance with the criteria contained in schedule 3 of the RPI Regulation, or any other information relevant to the subject application
    • where required, request additional information from the applicant to enable us to complete assessment of the amendment application
    • consider and approve applicant requests to extent the timeframe for responding to requests for additional information
    • document the recommendation about the proposed amendment and spatially identify the area if we agree with the proposed amendment
    • the applicant and any owners that may be affected by the application will be afforded natural justice during the decision-making process.
    • consider any submissions made by owners of land that may be affected by the application
    • prepare a draft amendment of the SCL trigger map if the recommendation is to amend the map
    • provide the recommendation to the Chief Executive – Natural Resources on the proposed amendments to the SCL trigger map and an amended SCL trigger map
    • the chief executive, or a delegate, will approve an amended version of the SCL trigger map periodically, incorporating the decided amendments
    • notify the applicant and affected owners of the final decision.


Definitions for the purpose of this map amendment process include:
Owner(s) of land—means any of the following that maybe applicable to the land subject to the application:

  • if freehold land, the registered owner of the land
  • if the land is the subject of a lease, the lessee of the land
  • if the land is a reserve, the trustee of the reserve
  • if a person has occupation rights in relation to the land under a licence or permit, the licensee or permittee
  • the holder of a resource authority issued under a Resource Act.

Regulated vegetation management map: see the Vegetation Management Act 1999
Resource authority: see the Regional Planning Interests Act 2014
Resource Act: see the Regional Planning Interests Act 2014

Assessment period for applications to amend the SCL trigger map

There is no defined assessment period for considering an application to amend the SCL trigger map. The period of time taken to assess an application depends on:

  • the complexity of the proposed amendment
  • the completeness and quality of the information provided in the application
  • the number of affected owners that have made a submission.

Application fees

These fees apply to applications to amend the SCL trigger map.

Nature of applicationFee
To rectify an obvious mapping error, for which a SCL criteria assessment is not required to decide the application
SCL criteria assessment over an area of less than 30ha
SCL criteria assessment over an area of 30ha or more, but less than 100ha
SCL criteria assessment over an area of 100ha or more

Note: We may refund all or part of the SCL map amendment fee where the application is withdrawn before substantial assessment has been carried out by us.

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Last updated: 20 October 2016

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