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NSW makes history, appoints first female valuer general

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NSW is set to make history next month when it appoints its first female valuer general. 

Sally Dale will start her four-year term on 1 June, in a role which was established more than 100 years ago. 

Well-educated, the mother-of-two began her career in 1994 with a Bachelor of Business in Land Economics from the University of Western Sydney.  

She has since amassed more than 30 years’ experience as a successful property valuer, private business owner and executive, as well as acting executive director of land valuation agency Valuation NSW, before being appointed to the state’s top valuation role, aged 52. 

The Valuer General is an independent statutory officer appointed by the Governor of NSW. 

As Valuer General, Ms Dale will oversee NSW’s land valuation system which each year values more than 2.6 million parcels of land valued at over $2.80 trillion.  

Land values are used by local councils in setting rates and the NSW Government to assess land tax. 

The Valuer General also oversees independent valuations to ensure landowners are fairly compensated if their land is compulsorily acquired by government agencies for infrastructure projects. 

Ms Dale has led reforms acting as Valuer General over the past 12 months, working with Valuation NSW to improve the valuation system to deliver benefits for NSW landholders and government. 

In addition, she has focused on demystifying the States’ valuation system, via the development and introduction of tailored and targeted education programs and materials.  

Minister for Lands and Property Steve Kamper said Ms Dale was a worthy successor. 

“I’m thrilled that Sally has been appointed Valuer General,” he stated.

“She makes history as the first woman in the position in more than a century after serving admirably in the role over the past 12 months. 

“Her leadership, expertise and dedication will be crucial in leading further transformational improvements in the state’s land valuation system. 

“She has already made significant strides to strengthen her support agency Valuation NSW and build a positive work environment that is delivering improvements in operations and strategic reforms.

“So, I look forward to seeing Sally’s continued positive impact as she oversees the state’s valuation system over the next four years.” 

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