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Trust handbook

The Trust Handbook has been written with the aim of assisting management, staff and trust board members of reserve trusts and commons trusts, and trustees of schools of arts to manage their reserves. The handbook also covers the roles and responsibilities of corporate reserve trust managers such as local councils and administrators of reserve trusts and commons trusts.

The Trust Handbook should be the first point of reference to answer questions about reserve trust management.

The Trust Handbook contains general information and guidelines as well as regulatory requirements on how to manage reserves. At a minimum, relevant regulatory requirements must be complied with. The handbook also indicates requirements that are mandatory as a matter of policy. Other information in the handbook represents good practice procedures and concepts that will help ensure that an effective system of reserve management is maintained.

Every effort has been made to include in the Trust Handbook reference to the requirements of the legislation which applies to the operations of Crown reserves, commons and bodies administered under the Trustees of Schools of Arts Enabling Act 1902 in general. Legislation which applies to specific reserves or classes of reserves, e.g. cemeteries, has not been included.

Whilst substantial effort is made to ensure the information in the handbook is up-to-date and accurate, the law is complex and subject to change, as are the Crown land (the Department) policies so before undertaking any significant steps or entering into significant contracts or obligations, users should obtain legal advice to confirm the applicable legal requirements and/or contact the Department's Reserves Team to confirm current policies.

The Department accepts no responsibility for any loss or damage caused as a result of any information contained in or omitted from this handbook.

To contact the Department's Reserves Team or provide feedback on the Trust Handbook, please contact:

Department's Reserves Team

Phone: 1300 886 235, select option 4, then option 1