Nature conservation


Biodiversity legislation

The legislative framework for native vegetation management, private land conservation, threatened species and other protected native animals and plants in New South Wales is being reformed. More details about the reforms are available on the biodiversity legislation review page.

Relevant legislation

National Parks and Wildlife Act 1974

Under the National Parks and Wildlife Act, the Chief Executive of the Office of Environment and Heritage is responsible for the care, control and management of all national parks, historic sites, nature reserves and Aboriginal areas. State conservation areas, karst conservation reserves and regional parks are also administered under the Act. The Chief Executive is also the authority under this Act for the protection of native flora and fauna as well as Aboriginal objects and places throughout NSW.

Native Vegetation Act 2003

This Native Vegetation Act regulates the clearing of native vegetation on all land in NSW, except for excluded land listed in Schedule 1 of the Act. The Act outlines what landowners can and cannot do in clearing native vegetation.

Nature Conservation Trust Act 2001

This Nature Conservation Trust Act establishes the Nature Conservation Trust, a non-government body corporate, the primary function of which is to facilitate the conservation of natural heritage on private land through the negotiation and administration of Trust agreements.

Threatened Species Conservation Act 1995

The Threatened Species Conservation Act provides for the conservation of threatened species, populations and ecological communities of animals and plants (the Act does not apply to fish and marine vegetation). The Act sets out a number of specific objects relating to the conservation of biological diversity and the promotion of ecologically sustainable development.

Page last updated: 03 May 2016