Conservation Partners Program statistics

Total numbers and areas protected as wildlife refuges
and conservation agreements since 2002–03
Key measures/yearAt 30 June 2003At 30 June 2006

At 30 June 2009

At 30 June 2011

At 30 June 2013At 30  June 2015 
Number of voluntary conservation agreements in place
133
204
(17,049 ha)

257

(52,729 ha)

310

(134,046 ha)

367

(143,053 ha)

400

(146,959 ha)

Number of wildlife refuges in place
587
633
(1,930,885 ha)
650
(1,934,033 ha)

662

(1,935,100 ha)

672

(1887,785 ha)

681

(1,889,057 ha)

Hectares (ha) of private land managed for conservation
1,661,166
1,947,934

1,986,762

2,069,146

2,030,883 2,036,139

Conservation agreements – regional breakdown

As at 30 June 2015, there were 400 conservation agreements throughout New South Wales, protecting an area of 146,959 hectares. These can be broken up into bioregions, as follows:

Conservation agreements by bioregion, as at June 2015
BioregionNumbers of propertiesTotal property area (hectares)
North-Eastern NSW
New England Tableland*
19
4,563
North Coast NSW
51
7,406
South Eastern Queensland 24 2,707
South-Eastern NSW
South East Corner
97
2,818
South Eastern Highlands
66
11,358
Australian Alps 

 2

 283

Sydney and Surrounds
Sydney Basin
89
5,826
Western NSW
Broken Hill Complex*
1
297
Cobar Peneplain* 1 448
Brigalow Belt South* 5 2,978
Darling Riverine Plains*
4
76
Nandewar*
10
1,866
Riverina*
1
20
South Western Slopes NSW*
28
3,313
Murray Darling Depression *

 2

103,000

Totals
400
146,959


* Less than 10% of the area of these bioregions is protected by national parks and other public reserves.

Wildlife refuges – regional breakdown

As at 30 June 2015 there were 681 wildlife refuges throughout New South Wales, protecting an area of 1,889,057 hectares. These can be broken up into bioregions, as follows:

Wildlife refuges by bioregion, as at June 2015
BioregionNumbers of propertiesTotal property area (hectares)
North-Eastern NSW
New England Tableland*
15
8,005
North Coast NSW
96
45,468
South Eastern Queensland 46  6,187
South-Eastern NSW
Australian Alps    
South East Corner
21
4,207
South Eastern Highlands
154
94,601
Sydney and Surrounds
Sydney Basin
95
23,538
Western NSW
Brigalow Belt South*
18
24,365
Broken Hill Complex*
9
299,247
Channel Country
3
140,274
Cobar Peneplain*
12
134,000
Darling Riverine Plains*
40
364,396
Mulga Lands*
6
192,910
Murray Darling Depression*
5
191,500
Nandewar*
4
1,261
Riverina*
51
250,244
South Western Slopes NSW*
106
108,854
Totals
681
1,889,057

* Less than 10% of the area of these bioregions is protected by national parks and other public reserves.

Page last updated: 16 January 2017