Nature conservation

Parks, reserves and protected areas

Park management

Find plans of management, statements of management intent, fire and pest management strategies and visitor policies.

Park management documents include plans of management or statements of management intent as well as reserve fire management strategies. Regional pest management strategies are also prepared to provide a strategic approach to pest management on lands managed by the NPWS.

Where needed, other park, site or issue specific plans or strategies may be developed to provide a more detailed management approach such as conservation management plans, bush rehabilitation plans or visitor master plans and strategies.

Statements of management intent

After a park’s reservation and before the release of its plan of management, a statement of management intent is prepared outlining the management principles and priorities for the park’s management. This statement briefly documents the key values, threats and management directions for the park. It is not a statutory document and a plan of management will still need to be prepared. Publication of a draft or final plan will replace the statement(s) of management intent for the relevant parks covered.

Statements of management intent are available for a list of parks and reserves currently without a plan of management.

Plans of management

Plans of management contain information on the natural environments, Aboriginal heritage, history, and recreational opportunities in a park.

They are legal documents, explaining how a park will be managed. Some plans will still be in draft form. After public consultation, draft plans are adopted by the Environment Minister.

Plans of management are available for a list of parks and reserves and can be sorted by plan status.

Fire management strategies

Fire management strategies are designed to help:

  • safeguard human life and property
  • promote the conservation of biodiversity
  • protect Aboriginal sites and historic assets.

They are formal documents that are prepared in accordance with the plan of management for the park or reserve and the policies and procedures set out in the Fire Management Manual (PDF 2.7MB). We consult widely with local communities, bushfire management committees, rural fire brigades and other interested parties in the preparation of fire management plans and strategies.

The type of strategy developed for each park varies with the complexity of fire management issues. In reserves where the fire risk is low and the issues are less complex, the fire management strategy will be prepared as a supplement to other management plans. Other parks have more complex fire issues, requiring a separate fire management strategy to be prepared. These strategies go through a formal draft stage, when they are open for public submission. After the NPWS has considered all the submissions, the strategies are adopted.

Fire management strategies are available for a list of parks and reserves and can be sorted by strategy status.

Law Enforcement and Compliance Strategy

The Law Enforcement and Compliance Strategy (PDF, 219KB) provides strategic direction on prioritising law enforcement and compliance activities and recommends campaigns and strategies to effectively address identified priorities. It applies to operations conducted by the National Parks and Wildlife Service, with the support of OEH’s Legal Services Division as required.


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Page last updated: 02 December 2015