Native Vegetation Act 2003

The Native Vegetation Act 2003 (the Act) frames the way we manage native vegetation in NSW by preventing broadscale clearing unless it improves or maintains environmental outcomes.

Under the Act landholders can:

The Act regulates the clearing of native vegetation on all land in NSW except for land listed in Schedule 1 of the Act. Excluded land falls into the following categories:

  • national parks and other conservation areas
  • state forests and reserves
  • urban areas.

Native vegetation is classified as any species of vegetation that existed in NSW before pastoral settlement, including trees, saplings, shrubs, scrub, understorey, groundcover or wetland plants.

Mangroves, seagrasses and other marine vegetation are managed under the Fisheries Management Act 1994.

Page last updated: 27 March 2014