The Notice of Intention to Acquire is not a casual letter, it is the beginning of the formal process and:
- gives VicRoads the authority to negotiate a voluntary sale agreement with any land owner that is willing to do so,
- it commits VicRoads to the procedure,
- it prevents the owner from otherwise dealing with the land (ie. selling it)
- it identifies the exact land, and
- it may state the date VicRoads wishes to take possession.
The Notice of Intention is not a notice that the owner will be evicted immediately or on a specific date. But you do not have a right to object or have the decision reviewed.
When VicRoads publishes a Notice of Acquisition in the government gazette, the land is then compulsorily acquired. The land is owned by VicRoads, and the owner or other interest holder only has a right to compensation. The owner will often remain in possession of the property for some months or longer, until VicRoads actually wants possession.