FIG Peer Review Journal


Nations Need National Land Administration Infrastructures (5475)

Rohan Bennett (Netherlands), Abbas Rajabifard, Ian Williamson and Jude Wallace (Australia)
Dr. Rohan Bennett
Assistant Professor
UNU School of Land Administration Studies
ITC Faculty
The University of Twente
UNU School of Land Administration Studies
ITC, The University of Twente
7500 AE
Corresponding author Dr. Rohan Bennett (email: bennett[at], tel.: +31 (0)53 4874 339)

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Published on the web 2012-03-08
Received 2011-11-01 / Accepted 2012-02-02
This paper is one of selection of papers published for the FIG Working Week 2012 in Rome, Italy and has undergone the FIG Peer Review Process.

FIG Working Week 2012
ISBN 97887-90907-98-3 ISSN 2307-4086


Many nations lack a coherent national approach to land administration. Instead, land information and processes are frequently disaggregated across states, provinces, cantons, counties, and municipalities. This is particularly the case in federated countries. The growing body of land administration theory often assumes or prescribes the need for national systems; however, the justification for this approach requires further explanation. Without justification, nations that maintain disaggregated systems lack the impetus to unlock the opportunities veiled by disparity in their land administration systems. Moreover, a nation’s ability to respond effectively to emerging national and global issues such as climate change is greatly impeded. This paper aims to explain the need for national land administration infrastructures. Qualitative case studies of the Australian context and the method of triangulation inform the justification. The research reveals most drivers can be classified into six overarching subsets: adherence to international standards by national governments, better federal or central governance, improved shared governance, scale of economies for lower levels of government, opportunities and savings for business, and social inclusion for citizens. Unfortunately, specific drivers are found to be complex and changeable, as political, scientific and environmental debates raise policy issues: there is no single solution. As an alternative, nations must seize on the specific drivers relevant to their context. They must employ them to transform disparate land administration systems into multipurpose national land administration infrastructures that deliver benefits to all stakeholder groups. This paper summarizes a recently accepted submission to the Journal of Land Use Policy.
Keywords: Digital cadastre; Cadastre; Land management; land administration; infrastructure; national drivers