Property Vegetation Plans (PVPs)

A PVP is a voluntary, legally binding agreement between a landholder and the Local Land Services (LLS), and may be 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
  • to protect native vegetation for future generations.

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

Clearing proposals in PVPs are assessed using the Environmental Outcomes Assessment Methodolgy (EOAM).The EOAM is an objective, scientifically based, quantitative methodology which is used by LLSs to assess whether the proposed broadscale clearing will improve or maintain environmental outcomes. It takes into account the losses and gains made through the clearing of native vegetation and, if necessary, the provision of offsets.

Landholders with approved PVPs will be provided a free high-resolution satellite image of their property. They are also eligible for funds to help with conservation initiatives such as revegetation plans, salinity strategies and soil erosion control. Landholders should contact their local LLS to determine their eligibility to receive funding.

Continuing use PVPs

Continuing use PVPs provide landholders with certainty that existing land uses can continue.

A continuing use PVP can be used to:

  • identify native vegetation on the land as regrowth
  • identify routine agricultural management activities (RAMAs) that are to be carried out on the land
  • identify practices as existing cultivation, grazing or rotational farming
  • specify a date for the purposes of the definition of regrowth
  • continue existing farming or other rural practices (but not so as to authorise broadscale clearing).

The nature of the available site information will determine whether an on-site inspection is necessary for a PVP that certifies continuing use. For more information contact your LLS office.

PVPs to change the regrowth date

All native vegetation that has regrown since 1 January 1990 (or 1 January 1983 in the Western Division) is regrowth. Regrowth does not include native vegetation that has regrown after:

  • unlawful clearing of remnant vegetation, or
  • bushfires, floods, drought or other natural events that cause the clearing of remnant vegetation.

Approval is not required to clear any non-protected regrowth when it has:

  • been legally cleared, and
  • regrown after the regrowth date (1 January 1983 in the Western Division and 1 January 1990 on other land).

Landholders may apply to change the regrowth date through an approved PVP. The new date is required to be based on existing rotational farming practices and is not to occur earlier than 1 January 1950 (1 January 1943 in the Western Division). Existing rotational farming practices are those practices that are:

  • reasonable and in accordance with accepted farming practice, and
  • have been in place since the date specified in the plan.

Landholders will be able to use modern methods to clear regrowth provided it does not exceed the extent of previous clearing in accordance with the existing rotational farming practices.

The presence of regrowth (native vegetation regrown since 1 January 1983 in the Western Division and 1 January 1990 on other land) in one vegetation layer does not mean that all native vegetation on site or all native vegetation in a certain layer can be cleared without approval. Approval is required to clear any native vegetation that was present in any layer prior to the regrowth date. This includes native groundcover.

Find out more about the following topics

  • Learn more about how assessment programs and tools are used by LLSs to assess applications for clearing or incentive funding in order to create a  PVP
  • How to negotiate a PVP and what is required to get the PVP approved.
  • The new Private Native Forestry Regulation and Code of Practice which requires landholders to obtain a private native forestry PVP before commencing sustainable logging operations.
  • See the public register for a list of approved clearing PVPs, LLS discretions, increased RAMA buffer distances, and clearing under the local government infrastructure RAMA.
Page last updated: 27 March 2014