Native Vegetation Compliance and Enforcement

The Office of Environment and Heritage (OEH) is charged with promoting compliance with native vegetation legislation to achieve better environmental outcomes. A key component of native vegetation management is compliance with the Native Vegetation Act 2003 (the Act) and OEH's role in its regulation.

The Compliance Policy for OEH Regional Operation (PDF 361KB) has been developed to assist the community in understanding the principles and approaches OEH uses when undertaking compliance and enforcement activities under native vegetation legislation. Effective stakeholder engagement, strategic investigations, appropriate enforcement actions and targeted compliance campaigns are all key components of OEH's regulation of native vegetation.

OEH is responsible for implementing a credible compliance and enforcement framework for native vegetation to ensure that landholders who comply with the law are not disadvantaged. This compliance and enforcement framework is 'risk-based' and provides OEH with a cost-effective approach to monitoring compliance, enabling investigation of the highest priority regulatory risks and proactive response to changing or emerging risks.

OEH will actively promote compliance with native vegetation legislation by assisting the community to understand and meet their legislative obligations, and compelling compliance with strong, consistent regulatory action targeting those who deliberately choose not to comply with the law. OEH actively monitors compliance using the latest technology and by encouraging the public to report potentially illegal activities.

The community, industry, landholders, contractors, interest groups, Local Land Services (LLS) and government agencies all have an important role in delivering better outcomes for native vegetation by promoting compliance with legislation and by identifying and reporting possible environmental problems and illegal clearing.

Illegal clearing

Illegal clearing will attract heavy penalties. An on the spot fine of $3,300 may be issued to any individual who clears native vegetation in contravention of the Act or the Native Vegetation Regulation 2013 (or $5,500 for corporations). Should the matter proceed to Court, however, the maximum penalty the Court may impose is $1,100,000.

Page last updated: 17 June 2015