Nature conservation

Parks, reserves and protected areas

Memoranda of understanding policy

From time to time, the NPWS enters into memoranda of understanding (MoUs) with other organisations. These MoUs are voluntary and non-legally binding documents to help focus efforts to achieve agreed outcomes through effective partnerships.

This policy aims to:

  • define what circumstances are suitable for the NPWS to enter into an MoU and detail the administrative process involved
  • ensure that such agreements are used appropriately so that they assist in achieving conservation objectives.

Key elements of the policy


The NPWS will not be a partner in any MoU where:

  • the NPWS is the consent authority
  • the matter conflicts with legislation, regulations, plans or policies of the NPWS
  • the MoU is of a commercial nature
  • the MoU would be unethical
  • the MoU affects another party who is not a signatory to the MoU.

In addition:

  • an MoU must remain current, relevant and appropriate.
  • the NPWS will maintain a central register of all memoranda of understanding to which it is a signatory.

This page only gives a summary of the policy. For detailed information please download the full policy below, together with related documents. The policy includes contacts and a list of relevant legislation.

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Page last updated: 23 January 2012