Property Vegetation Plans (PVPs)

The Native Vegetation Act 2003 and the Native Vegetation Regulation 2013 were repealed on 25 August.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.

The Native Vegetation Act 2003 was repealed on 25 August 2017, however property vegetation plans (PVPs) approved before the repeal of the Act remain valid and in force and obligations to manage and maintain offset areas continue.

What is a PVP

A PVP is a voluntary, legally binding agreement between a landholder and the Local Land Services (LLS), and may have been obtained for a number of reasons, including:

  • to obtain clearing approval, and to secure any offsets associated with that clearing.
  • to confirm that native vegetation on a property is regrowth, providing a landholder with assurance that they will not need future clearing approval
  • to change the regrowth date of native vegetation to an earlier date, provided that landholders can demonstrate a history of rotational farming practices on the land
  • to confirm whether existing rotational farming, grazing or cultivation practices meet the definitions of these in the Act so that clearing approval will not be required
  • applying for native vegetation incentive funding.

Varying a PVP

No new PVPs can be submitted by a landholder, however a landholder can apply to have an existing PVP modified (varied). The variation type depends on the type of PVP and whether or not none, part or all of the clearing has taken place:

  • Where no clearing has occurred, a PVP can be varied to bring forward the end date. This removes the offset management obligations for the PVP
  • Where clearing has occurred or incentive funding has been paid, a PVP may be varied. For example, the management actions negotiated on an offset area may be modified to capture new management practices on a property
  • Where partial, but not all clearing has occurred, a PVP can be brought to an end. A mandatory code compliant certificate is issued and the offset area is re-calculated as a set-aside area and is based on the area of clearing already undertaken.

For more information on how or why a PVP can be varied, please contact the Local Land Services.

Public register

Because PVPs are agreements that affect the land, it is essential that they apply to the land, despite any change of landholder, that is, that they 'run with the land'.

To ensure that PVPs are binding on successors in title, an abstract of the PVP must be registered on the public register and kept by the Land and Property Management Authority under the Real Property Act 1900. The native vegetation public register is the central place where any person (e.g. prospective purchasers) can look to find out what interests affect the land.

Page last updated: 29 August 2017