Who we are

We are responsible for the management of our state’s Crown land on behalf of the people of NSW. Through a partnership between community and government, we ensure that natural resources such as water, flora and fauna and scenic beauty are conserved, while still encouraging public use and enjoyment of the land.

Where is Crown land?

The Crown Estate represents approximately 34 million hectares making up about 38% of the State, mostly in western NSW.

See where Crown land is located.

Who manages Crown land?

Management of Crown reserves is based on a partnership between government and the community, with Crown land managers (CLMs) responsible for the day-to-day running of the reserve.

Discover who’s doing what.

What does a Crown land manager do?

Crown land managers are the community and make decisions regarding the use and management of the reserves and are responsible for the implementation of those decisions, acting in accordance with relevant legislation.

Find out more about Crown land manager duties.

Crown reserves code of conduct

The Crown reserves code of conduct (the code) outlines the standard of behaviour expected of people managing Crown reserves, helping to ensure transparency, integrity and good governance.

Learn more and download the code.


Meet the minister responsible for Crown lands and learn about the laws and regulations relating to Crown land, and the objects and principles that guide management. Legislative updates in 2018 have meant changes for some CLMs.

See if you’re affected and how.

Meet our managers

We showcase different Crown reserves and the Crown land managers who’ve made them a success.

Read their stories here.

Awards and recognition

We appreciate the army of people caring for and managing Crown reserves, and acknowledge their work and commitment through awards and long service recognition.

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Current board vacancies

View current opportunities for joining a Crown reserve board

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