Nature conservation

Parks, reserves and protected areas

Military activities policy

This NPWS policy addresses requirements of the defence forces for training activities in NPWS-managed areas. Defence force applications should:

  • have minimal impact on the environment and other users of the area
  • allow NPWS to recover all costs
  • have a single point of contact with the defence forces for clear and timely communication.

The NPWS will:

  • apply different parameters to assess two different types of training activity - adventure training and special forces training
  • consider applications for special forces training in the Snowy Mountains Region and Sydney Harbour National Park on a case-by-case basis
  • consider applications based on an existing plan of management for an area
  • encourage assistance by the defence forces in park management tasks that are of mutual benefit to both agencies
  • generally not permit defence force training activities in nature reserves, historic sites and Aboriginal areas
  • not consider applications in parks and reserves transferred to traditional Aboriginal owners
  • not allow wildlife to be killed or trapped or vegetation to be destroyed
  • not allow any firearms to be carried as a part of training activities
  • not exclude the public from areas to allow defence force training activities to occur
  • apply a yearly limit on the number of training activities, if necessary, to prevent unacceptable impacts to an area or to other park users
  • require the defence forces to be liable for any damage and for any injury to, or caused by, persons participating in a military activity within the parks system.

The NPWS may cancel activities at short notice where conditions such as bad weather and fire risk increase the potential environmental impact of training activities.

This page only gives a summary of the policy. For detailed information please download the full policy at right. The policy includes contacts and a list of relevant legislation.

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Page last updated: 20 May 2011