Review of the Native Vegetation Regulation

The scope of the review

On 13 September 2011, the Minister for Environment, the Hon. Robyn Parker MP, announced the commencement of the review of the regulations for the Native Vegetation Act 2003. This included a review of the Native Vegetation Regulation 2005, the Environmental Outcomes Assessment Methodology (EOAM) and the Private Native Forestry Code of Practice (PNF Code).

The NSW Government recognises the value of well managed native vegetation and supports landholders in getting on with the business of producing food and fibre for NSW, Australia and overseas.

The review focused on:

  • cutting red-tape
  • improving service delivery
  • clarifying and removing ambiguity
  • increasing transparency
  • maintaining the environmental standard set by the Native Vegetation Act 2003.

Public exhibition and consultation

Drafts of the proposed Native Vegetation Regulation, EOAM and PNF Code were released for public consultation.

A series of regional information sessions were held across regional NSW in June, July and August 2012 to explain the proposed changes.

The proposed changes were developed based on feedback from farmers, foresters, conservationists and the general public received during the previous consultation undertaken at the beginning of the review.

In November 2012. Mr Joe Lane was appointed as an independent facilitator to progress the review of the Native Vegetation Regulation 2005, and the final report (NVFacilitatorRpt.pdf, 118KB), recommend changes to the Regulation and ways to improve servicedelivery.

The final Regulation was developed based on careful consideration of comments received during public consultation and the recommendations of the independent facilitator.

Updates on the Review


Page last updated: 03 October 2013