Ministers consent to Sublease
Depending on the conditions of the lease and notifications on the Lands Title Register, it may be necessary to obtain the consent of the minister to sublease a Crown land lease. The initial assessment of the application will determine if there are any obvious objections to the proposed sublease of the lease. We may refuse the application at this stage if the sublease of the Crown land lease is not in the interests of the Crown.
Assessment to sublease a lease
Any decision regarding the eligibility of an application must:
- be lawful
- offer natural justice
- be based on evidence
- give reasons and provide accountability.
What you need to apply
The following supporting documentation should accompany the application form and prescribed fee:
- certified copy of the proposed sublease
- certified copy of the registered power of attorney where applicable
- ASIC current and historical company extract of the proposed sublessee
- confirmation from the sublessor that it considers the proposed sublessee
- is a fit and proper person
- has the business acumen and financial capacity to operate the business and meet the terms and conditions of the sublease
- holds or will be able to obtain all relevant licenses, approvals, and/or registrations to operate from the site
- holds or will be able to obtain an insurance policy that meets the sublessee’s risk and indemnity requirements as per the provisions of the sublease.
- Sublessee must provide a copy of a current search of the National Personal Insolvency Index for the sublessee.
- The Sublease document should contain provisions to ensure that the sublessee is aware of and bound by the terms and conditions contained within the Crown tenure.
The following conditions must be included in sub lease agreements:
- The Sub-Lessee hereby acknowledges and agrees that the Sub-Lessee has read and is aware of the terms, conditions and covenants on the part of the parties to <Insert Lease Identifier> (the ‘Head Lease’) between the State of New South Wales as Lessor of the one part and the Sub-Lessor (as Lessee) of the other part.
- The Sub-Lessee hereby covenants and agrees to observe, perform and comply with the covenants and agreements contained in the Head Lease subject to and for the purpose of this Sub-Lease.
- The Sub-lessee covenants with the Sub-lessor to keep the Lessor indemnified against any liability under the covenants and conditions in the Head lease so far as they are applicable to the Premises.
- In the event of and to the extent of any such conflict or inconsistency the provisions of the Head Lease shall prevail and the Lessor shall prevail and take precedence.
- In the event that the Lessor taking action whereby the Head Lease is terminated then the Sub-Lessor shall be entitled to terminate this Sub-Lease and in such event the Sub-Lessee shall not claim nor shall the Lessor be liable for any compensation whatsoever by reason of termination of this Sub-Lease.
- The Sub-Lessee acknowledges the terminating or expiring date of the Head Lease (including any option to renew) and that the Head Lessee has no right of renewal.
Supporting information may be required if the application involves foreign individuals or entities.
See below definitions of foreign person or entity:
- An individual or an entity is a “foreign person” or a “foreign entity” if: an individual not ordinarily resident in Australia; or
- a corporation in which an individual not ordinarily resident in Australia, a foreign corporation or a foreign government holds a substantial interest; or
- a corporation in which 2 or more persons, each of whom is an individual not ordinarily resident in Australia, a foreign corporation or a foreign government, hold an aggregate substantial interest; or
- the trustee of a trust in which an individual not ordinarily resident in Australia, a foreign corporation or a foreign government holds a substantial interest; or
- the trustee of a trust in which 2 or more persons, each of whom is an individual not ordinarily resident in Australia, a foreign corporation or a foreign corporation or a foreign government, hold an aggregate substantial interest; or
- a foreign government; or
- any other person, or any other entity that meets the conditions, prescribed by the regulations of the Foreign Acquisitions and Takeovers Act 1975 (Cth).
Apply for a Ministers Consent to sublease using the online form: