Protected native plant licensing

Are you aware of upcoming changes to wildlife licensing?

The Biodiversity Conservation Act 2016 is scheduled to commence from 25 August 2017.

Existing wildlife licence classes, conditions and fees will remain in place after the Act begins.

Proposed changes to wildlife licensing under the new Act will be exhibited for public comment in the second half of 2017. These changes are expected to be taken up during 2018.

Learn more about the wildlife licensing reforms.

In NSW, native plants are the property of the landholder. However, in the interests of maintaining biodiversity and ecological sustainability, OEH has a statutory responsibility to regulate and coordinate the commercial use of protected and threatened native plant species. These species consist of:

There are no licensing requirements for:

  • the use of protected native plants that occur naturally or are cultivated on a person's property for non-commercial purposes (note this does not apply to threatened species listed under the Threatened Species Conservation Act 1995).
  • the commercial use of species that are not listed as protected or threatened in NSW.  However there may be restrictions on the removal of vegetation on a person's property under the Native Vegetation Act 2003 or Tree/Vegetation Management Orders under the Local Government Act 1993, so consult these Acts before taking any other action.

2013-2017 cut-flower management plan

The Protected and threatened plants in the cut-flower industry: sustainable management plan 2013-2017 has been prepared under section 115A of the National Parks and Wildlife Act 1974.

The plan contains information about the legislation and licensing requirements for the cut flower industry. In addition, the plan outlines the management procedures for the industry including plant tagging requirements, monitoring harvest sustainability, and record keeping requirements.

OEH seeks to work cooperatively with the cut-flower industry to implement the recommended strategies. There have been no significant changes to the previous (2008-2012) cut-flower plan.

The plan aims to:

  • protect the viability of native plant populations and minimise impacts on natural ecosystems
  • implement ecologically sustainable harvest management practices for commercial use of protected native plants
  • encourage the transition to harvesting material from artificially propagated sources
  • streamline requirements for compliance with Commonwealth regulations for the commercial export of protected native plants.

Download the cut-flower plan

2013-2017 whole plant management plan

The harvest, salvage and propagation of protected whole plants: sustainable management plan 2013-2017 has been prepared under section 115A of the National Parks and Wildlife Act 1974.

The plan provides a risk-based approach to regulating the commercial whole plant industry, covering the licensing and management of protected plants under Schedule 13 Part 2 of the National Parks and Wildlife Act 1974. It focuses most regulatory effort on harvesting whole plants from the wild, particularly for species that are slow growing and subject to exploitation, such as grass trees.

The plan is specifically of interest to commercial operators who are seeking to:

  • harvest protected whole plants from their own land
  • harvest protected whole plants from the wild, including lands such as state forests
  • cultivate or grow protected whole plants for sale 
  • harvest seeds from protected plants from the wild for the purpose of sale.

Download the whole plants plan or the whole plants brochure (822KB)

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Page last updated: 09 August 2017