Public registers

The Office of Environment and Heritage is required to maintain a number of public registers under certain pieces of legislation.

Public register under the National Parks and Wildlife Act

The public register under the National Parks and Wildlife Act 1974 (NPW Act) has been established to provide the public with information related to Aboriginal places and other regulatory functions under the NPW Act and the Biodiversity Conservation Act 2016 (BC Act). This register supports OEH's broad principle of ensuring that where possible, the agency's decisions are publicly available and transparent. The register contains details of:

Aboriginal Heritage Information Management System

The Aboriginal Heirtage Imforation Management System (AHIMS) is maintained by OEH and makes cultural heritage information available to members of the public upon request, usually to identify the location of sensitive and potentially culturally significant sites relating to development applications. This information helps members of the public avoid an offence under section 86 of the National Parks and Wildlife Act 1974. OEH maintains the right to refuse a request for information.

OEH made an information management commitment to Aboriginal communities to honour the trust placed in OEH by Aboriginal people in sharing information about their heritage places and landscapes and respect the intellectual property rights of Aboriginal people.

For more information, contact the AHIMS Registrar, Culture and Heritage Division, Hurstville on: 02 9585 6444.

Areas of outstanding biodiversity value

Areas of declared critical habitat under the Threatened Species Conservation Act 1995, (including Little Penguin and Wollemi Pine declared areas), have become the first areas of outstanding biodiversity value (AOBV) in NSW with the commencement of the Biodiversity Conservation Act 2016. The Biodiversity Conservation Regulation 2017 establishes the criteria for declaring AOBVs. The criteria have been designed to identify the most valuable sites for biodiversity conservation in NSW.

BioBanking public registers

BioBanking is a market-based scheme that provides a transparent, consistent and scientifically robust framework for the assessment of biodiversity values and for the long-term management of biodiversity offsets.

BioBanking enables 'biodiversity credits' to be generated by landowners who commit to enhance and protect biodiversity values on their land through a biobanking agreement. These credits can then be sold, generating funds for the management of the site. Developers can buy these credits and use them to counterbalance (offset) the impacts on biodiversity values that will occur as a result of development, by obtaining a biobanking statement, or through other means.

The credits can also be purchased by those seeking to secure conservation outcomes, including philanthropic organisations and government.

The BioBanking public registers have been developed to allow the scheme to operate effectively and to provide the public with the confidence that potential impacts on biodiversity and threatened species are being appropriately offset. The registers were established under section 127ZZ of the Threatened Species Conservation Act 1995 and comply with the Privacy and Personal Information Act 1998 for personal information. The BioBanking public register covers:

  • biobanking agreements
  • biobank site expressions of interest
  • biobanking statements
  • biodiversity credits
  • biodiversity credit transaction.

Biodiversity Conservation Program Register

We are required to keep a register of strategies included in the Biodiversity Conservation Program (BCP) in relation to threatened species and threatened ecological communities. The BCP is delivered as part of the Saving our Species (SoS) program. SoS conservation projects deliver on the objectives of the BCP to maximise the long-term security of threatened species and threatened ecological communities in nature and to minimise the impacts of key threatening processes on biodiversity and ecological integrity. OEH is required to have an SoS conservation project (strategy) in place for every threatened species and threatened ecological community within 2 years of the commencement of the Biodiversity Conservation Act 2016. Search the BCP register of SoS conservation projects.

Conservation Agreements Register

Register of conservation agreements
A conservation agreement is an agreement between landholders and the Minister for the Environment. The agreement provides permanent protection for the special features of the land and is voluntary.

The area under the agreement is registered on the title of the land ensuring that if the land is sold, the agreement and management requirements remain in place.

The register is open for public inspection during business hours. For further information:
Email: conservation.partners@environment.nsw.gov.au

Easements, Leases and Rights of Way Register

We keep an online register of information on every lease, easement or right of way granted on national parks and reserves under the National Parks and Wildlife Act 1974.

Historic Heritage Information Management System (HHIMS)

The HHIMS maintained by OEH contains information about recorded historic places on sites OEH manages. HHIMS holds details on the type and location of historic places, collections of heritage items and individual buildings, reports and other archival material. Access to HHIMS is available to researchers and interested members of the public.

For more information, contact the HHIMS Registrar, Culture and Heritage Division, Hurstville on (02) 9585 6444.

Threatened Species Licence Register 

The register of licences of activities that affect threatened species records licences which may be required under Part 2 of the Biodiversity Conservation Act 2016 if an action is likely to result in:

  • harm to, or picking of, a threatened species or ecological community
  • damage to an area of outstanding biodiversity conservation value
  • damage to a habitat of a threatened species or ecological community.

View the threatened species licence public register  for infomration about threatened species licences.

Native Vegetation Public Register

The following information about property vegetation plans (PVPs) approved under the Native Vegetation Act 2003 is contained in a number of native vegetation public registers:

  • information relating to the approval of broadscale clearing of native vegetation
  • information specifying a date for the definition of regrowth
  • information about PVPs and development consents that approve broadscale clearing where Local Land Service discretion has been exercised
  • information on clearing of native vegetation for essential local government infrastructure
  • information on approved increases to infrastructure RAMA buffer distances.

The Native Vegetation Act 2003 was repealed on 25 August 2017; however, these public registers continue to be updated to reflect changes to existing PVPs.

Wilderness Protection Agreements Register

The Register of wilderness protection agreements includes land tenure information (required by section 14 of the Wilderness Act 1987.

The register is open for public inspection during business hours. For further information:
Email: conservation.partners@environment.nsw.gov.au

Public register of filming approvals

This register provides basic details about NPWS filming approvals since 16 July 2004. For more information about a particular filming approval, contact local NPWS staff - click on the relevant park or reserve for contact details.

 

Page last updated: 28 August 2017