Soil and Land Conservation Council

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The Soil and Land Conservation Council (Council) advises the Minister for Agriculture and Food and the Commissioner of Soil and Land Conservation on policy, management and conservation of Western Australia’s soil and land resources.

The Council has overseen the preparation of the Western Australian Soil Health Strategy and is working closely with DPIRD to support improved approaches to sustainable agriculture research, development and extension.

Council is currently advising the Minister and Commissioner on salinity management policy and rangeland condition monitoring standards.

The Soil and Land Conservation Act 1945 (SLC Act) is the principal legislation in Western Australia relating to the conservation of soil and land resources, and to the mitigation of the effects of erosion, salinity and flooding.

The establishment of the Soil and Land Conservation Council (Council) is prescribed by s.9A of the SLC Act. The Commissioner is a member of Council and the Minister may appoint up to 9 members. Its functions are set out in s.16 of the SLC Act.

The Council’s functions

The SLCC's functions are to:

  • provide advice to the Minister on policy matters and the condition of soil and land resources
  • co-ordinate, review, monitor and advise on the implementation of soil and land conservation programs funded by the State and Commonwealth Governments
  • co-ordinate the establishment of, and activities within Land Conservation District Committees (LCDCs).
  • promote awareness of land degradation and conservation
  • assist the Commissioner of Soil and Land Conservation (the Commissioner) to comply with functions under the Act.


 Lisa Chalmers, Executive Officer, Soil and Land Conservation Council; Tel +61 (0)477 337 967; Email: