Nature conservation

Biodiversity Reform

Regulatory map review

The Native Vegetation Regulatory (NVR) Map underpins the new land management framework.

The Native Vegetation Regulatory Map is a tool to give landholders certainty when planning future management of their land.

The NVR Map shows rural land where clearing of native vegetation can occur without approval, rural land where clearing can only be carried out in accordance with the Local Land Services Act 2013 (LLS Act) and excluded land where the LLS Act does not apply. The NVR Map can be viewed online using the NVR Map Viewer.

If landholders require further information about how the NVR Map applies to their landholding, they can apply to Office of Environment and Heritage (OEH) for a Category Explanation Report (CER).

A CER provides detailed information about the different data layers applicable to your landholdings and explains the basis for the inclusion of land in certain categories on the NVR map. A CER contains a list of layers that contributed to categorisation of your land and a detailed map of the land identifying the contributing layers.

Landholders who consider that the NVR Map incorrectly categorises their land can apply for a review of the NVR Map for their land. A Landholder Initiated Map Review allows landholders to provide supporting information for OEH reviewers to further assess the categorisation of their land and potentially re-categorise the land.

Only people who own, lawfully occupy, lease or manage land can apply for a Map Review of that land. Information that can be used to prove direct association to a landholding, can include a local government rates notice, title certificate/search or lease agreement.

Applicants need to provide information to support an application to review the NVR Map categorisation. Supporting information may include land agreements e.g. a property vegetation plan, farm records, images or approximate dates of clearing or cultivation events etc.

It is recommended landholders apply for a CER before applying for a Map Review. 

The NVR Map Category 2 - Vulnerable Land and Category 2 - Sensitive Land categories were released and came into full regulatory effect on 25 August 2017. These categories are now available on the NVR Map Viewer.

Regular review and updates of all NVR Map categories will occur as required. Landholders should regularly check the NVR Map Viewer for the status of categories to ensure you have the latest available release information applicable to your landholding. 

Release dates for Draft Category 1 – Unrestricted management and Draft Category 2 – Code based management map layers will be determined and announced by the government. 

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The Map Review Team can be contacted on 02 6360 9000 or at

Page last updated: 22 June 2018