Land Management (Native Vegetation) Compliance and Enforcement

The Native Vegetation Act 2003 and the Native Vegetation Regulation 2013 were repealed on 25 August. For information on the new arrangements for managing native vegetation visit the Land Management website.

OEH has regulatory responsibility for the compliance and enforcement of land management (native vegetation) activities under Part 5A of the Local Land Services Act 2013 (LLS Act). The land that is regulated for land management (native vegetation) activities in NSW is shown on the native vegetation regulatory map.

OEH undertakes its compliance function in accordance with the Compliance Policy for OEH Regional Operations (PDF 360 KB).

OEH detects potential unlawful native vegetation clearing through public reporting to Environment Line, through its own investigations and audits, and from remote surveillance including aerial surveys and satellite imagery. 

OEH takes a risk based approach to identified compliance issues, and will help people to comply in relation to low risk matters but will take firm but fair enforcement action in relation to more serious matters such as those that involve intentional unlawful clearing that causes significant harm to the environment. 

We need your help to protect biodiversity from unlawful clearing of native vegetation. Please report suspected unlawful native vegetation clearing to OEH. You can contact Environment Line on 131 555 or send an email to info@environment.nsw.gov.au.

Before contacting the Environment Line, try to obtain the following details in a safe and lawful manner:

What information should I provide?

  • What have you observed precisely?
  • Is it native vegetation that has been cleared?
  • Do you know what species/type of vegetation has been cleared?
  • What is being done with the cleared vegetation? Is it being stockpiled/burnt/chipped/split to logs etc?
  • How much land has been cleared?
  • Are you aware of any native animals being harmed by the clearing?
  • Are you aware if the clearing relates to threatened plant or animal species or their habitat?
  • Is it on steep land?
  • Are there any rivers or watercourses in the area being cleared?

Where did the incident occur?

  • Where is the clearing?
  • Do you have an address/GPS co-ordinates/Lot and DP information?
  • Is the land regulated under Part 5A Local Land Services Act – see native vegetation regulatory map.

Who was involved?

  • Do you know who the owner or occupier of the property is?
  • Do you know who is undertaking the clearing? or whether it is a contractor?
  • Can you provide a description of all parties involved in the incident (if possible) – e.g. male or female, brown hair, olive skin, etc.
  • What sort of equipment is being used to clear?
  • Have you spoken to the person doing the clearing? if so, what did they say?

When did the incident occur?

  • When did the clearing happen?
  • Is the clearing continuing now?
  • How long did the clearing take?

Be sure to keep your notes after contacting the Environment Line in case we need to contact you to clarify the information.

See also www.environment.nsw.gov.au for further information.

Page last updated: 29 August 2017