Several laws potentially give people the right to gain access to , or other rights over, a neighbours land.

The Access to Neighbouring Land Act gives a ‘person who, for the purposes of carrying out work on land…requires access to adjoining or adjacent land’ the right to apply to the Local Court for an order giving them access to that land .

Additionally the Conveyancing Act allows the court to impose an easement on any land ‘if the easement is reasonably necessary for the effective use or development of other land’. The court in such cases will look at the impact of granting an easement and would normally require the landowner to be compensated for the easement that is imposed onto their land.

The Dividing Fences Act authorises anyone who has an order to erect a fence to go onto the neighbours land.