FUNCTIONS, DUTIES AND POWERS OF AUTHORITY
—(1) Subject to the provisions of this Act, it shall be the function and duty of the Authority —
to optimise land resources;
to manage and maintain the cadastral survey system in Singapore as a foundation for land title, any spatial reference database or information system and for the purposes of any written law, including regulating the conduct of cadastral survey in Singapore;
to promote, develop or contribute to the development of an integrated spatial reference database or information system relating to land tenure, land transactions, land ownership, land boundaries and other related geographical information so as to facilitate the exchange and dissemination between the Government, public authorities, educational institutions or persons in the private sector of such information;
to act as agent of the Government in —
the acquisition of land under the Land Acquisition Act (Cap. 152) or any other method, or the resumption or forfeiture of land under the State Lands Act (Cap. 314), the State Lands Encroachment Act (Cap. 315) or any other law;
the administration and management of all State lands and buildings thereon in accordance with the Foreshores Act (Cap. 113), the Sand and Granite Quarries Act (Cap. 284), the State Lands Act, the State Lands Encroachment Act and any other written law;
the allocation and disposal of State land or grant of any State title to any person or public authority in accordance with the Foreshores Act, the State Lands Act and any other written law; and
the assessment, collection and recovery of any premium (including differential premium), rent, royalty, fee or charge for or in connection with the mining or working of land for minerals, or with the disposition of any State land or grant of any State title or the exercise of any rights under any State title;
to administer the Residential Property Act (Cap. 274);
to report to and advise the Government on matters relating to land survey, land tenure, land transactions, land ownership, land boundaries and the administration, management, allocation, acquisition and disposition of State land;
to maintain and provide access by the public to documents and information relating to land survey, land tenure, land transactions, land ownership, land boundaries, State lands, State titles and other related matters kept or maintained by the Authority;
to manage technical co-operation and exchange in the area of land survey and land resource administration and management with other persons and organisations, including foreign organisations and international inter-governmental organisations, on its own or on behalf of the Government;
to represent the Government internationally in respect of matters relating to land survey and land resource administration and management;
to provide training, advice and assistance in relation to land survey and land resource administration and management to any Government department or any public authority, or to authorities of other countries and territories which administer and manage public lands and resources;
to provide administrative support services to the Land Surveyors Board in the performance of its functions under the Land Surveyors Act (Cap. 156); and
to exercise any other functions and duties conferred on the Authority by or under this Act or any other written law.
(2) In carrying out its functions, the Authority shall —
have regard to efficiency and economy and to the social, industrial, commercial and economic needs of Singapore; and
as far as practicable, promote, develop and provide facilities or services that facilitate or are necessary for land planning, land infrastructure development and maintenance and the economic growth in Singapore.
(3) In addition to the functions and duties imposed by this section, the Authority may undertake such other functions as the Minister may assign to the Authority and in so doing, the Authority shall be deemed to be fulfilling the purposes of this Act and the provisions of this Act shall apply to the Authority in respect of such functions.
(4) Nothing in this section shall be construed as imposing on the Authority, directly or indirectly, any form of duty or liability enforceable by proceedings before any court.
—(1) The Authority shall have the power to do anything for the purpose of discharging its functions under this Act or under any other written law, or which it may consider advantageous, necessary or convenient to the discharge of those functions and in particular, may —
formulate and implement policies to optimise land resources and build up the supporting infrastructure;
collect, compile and analyse information relating to land tenure, geography, transactions relating to land or other subject-matter necessary or connected with the establishment and maintenance of an integrated spatial reference database or information system (and related products and services) or the performance of any of its other functions, and make available, publish or disseminate such information, products or services or the results of such compilation or analysis;
prescribe, regulate or implement measures, guidelines and standards on any matter related to or connected with land survey and land registration;
prescribe policies, standards and common methods of capturing geographical and other information and information relating to land tenure, land transactions, land ownership, land boundaries and other related matters so as to facilitate the mutual exchange and dissemination of such information;
levy such charges or fees as may be reasonable for services and facilities provided by the Authority;
form or participate in the formation of any company or in any joint venture as a shareholder or partner or in any other capacity, with any firm, body corporate, society or institution for the purposes of this Act or any other written law and to share profits;
subscribe for or acquire any securities and shares of an incorporated company or other body corporate, procure its admission to membership of an incorporated company limited by guarantee, promote the formation of an incorporated company or participate in the promotion of such company or acquire an undertaking or part of an undertaking;
engage in conjunction with other authorities, international agencies or organisations in any study or co-operation project related to or connected with land resource administration and management or in the promotion of land administration and management;
regulate and control any activity related to or connected with the network of survey control marks in Singapore;
enter into contracts for itself or for the Government for the supply of goods or materials or for the execution of works or any other contract as may be necessary for the discharge of its duties and functions under this Act or any other written law;
lease, let, develop or otherwise utilise any property movable or immovable, vested in or acquired by the Authority on such terms and conditions as the Authority thinks fit;
provide financial loans, advances, grants, aid or assistance to any person for all or any of the purposes of this Act;
provide bursaries, scholarships and training grants in the field of land administration and management;
receive donations, grants, gifts, subsidies and contributions from any source and raise funds by all lawful means;
make provision for gratuities, pensions, allowances or other benefits for employees or former employees of the Authority;
grant or guarantee loans to officers or employees of the Authority for any purpose specifically approved by the Authority;
provide recreational facilities and promote recreational activities for, and activities conducive to, the welfare of officers and employees of the Authority and members of their families; and
do such other acts as are incidental to any of its functions and powers.
(2) This section shall not be construed as limiting any power of the Authority conferred by or under any other written law.
—(1) Without prejudice to section 7, the Authority, or any officer authorised on its behalf, may require any person to furnish information to the Authority relating to land tenure, land transactions, land ownership, land boundaries or other geographical information.
(2) A request under subsection (1) —
shall be in writing;
shall be served on the person to whom it is addressed;
shall specify the particulars of information required;
may specify the form in which and the time within which the information is to be furnished;
may require the information to be furnished periodically at or within such time or times and in such form or forms as are specified in the request; and
may specify the place or manner at or in which the information is to be delivered.
(3) Any person who —
wilfully refuses or without lawful excuse (the proof of which lies on him) neglects —
to furnish the information required within the time allowed in any request under subsection (1) for furnishing the information;
to furnish the information in the form specified in any request under subsection (1); or
to deliver the information at the place or in the manner specified in any request under subsection (1) for the delivery thereof; or
wilfully furnishes or causes to be furnished any false information in respect of any matter specified in a request under subsection (1),
shall be guilty of an offence and shall be liable on conviction to a fine not exceeding $1,000 and, in the case of a continuing offence, to a further fine not exceeding $100 for every day or part thereof during which the offence continues after conviction.
(4) Nothing in this section shall oblige or bind any person to furnish any information not in his possession or which he is prohibited by law from disclosure.
—(1) The Minister may give to the Authority such directions, not inconsistent with the provisions of this Act, as he thinks fit as to the performance of its functions and the exercise of its powers, and the Authority shall give effect to such directions.
(2) The Authority shall furnish the Minister with such information in respect of its property and activities in such manner and at such times as the Minister may require.
—(1) The Authority may appoint from amongst its own members or from other persons who are not members such number of committees as it thinks fit for purposes which, in the opinion of the Authority, would be better regulated and managed by means of such committees.
(2) The Authority may, subject to such conditions or restrictions as it thinks fit, delegate to any such committee appointed under subsection (1) or to the Chairman or Chief Executive or to any other member, officer or employee of the Authority, any of the functions or powers of the Authority under this Act or any other written law, except —
the power of delegation conferred by this section; and
the power to make any subsidiary legislation.
(3) Any function or power delegated under subsection (2) to any committee or person may be performed or exercised by the committee or person to whom it has been delegated in the name and on behalf of the Authority.
(4) No delegation under this section shall prevent the performance or exercise of any function or power by the Authority.