This licence allows you to pick particular species of protected plants from naturally occurring stands on land you own and/or on land not owned by you.
Before being granted this licence type you will need to demonstrate a minimum level of experience, equipment and facilities.
Harvest site and stockpile site control procedures must be provided with the licence application.
A forest products licence from the local regional office of the Forestry Corporation of NSW must also be obtained for harvest in state forests.
Plants you can pick
The approved harvester licence allows you to harvest species on:
This licence does not allow you to harvest species from:
- Groups 4 or 5 of Part 2 of Schedule 6
- threatened species unless individually listed in Groups 1, 2 and 3 of Part 2 of Schedule 6
- threatened ecological communities or areas of outstanding biodiversity value unless approved in a salvage situation.
Types of harvest
This licence allows you to undertake two types of harvest:
- This is the harvest of protected whole plants from stands of native vegetation on private lands at a rate which allows the population of the target species to persist indefinitely.
- Restricted to species listed in Groups 1 and 2 of Part 2 of Schedule 6
- This is the harvest of protected plants, where construction, mining, forestry or infrastructure development will result in their destruction
- only applies to an approved development; for forestry operations, salvage will only be permitted from the area of an approved plantation currently being harvested
- is restricted to species listed in Groups 1, 2 and 3 of Part 2 of Schedule 6. Also, restrictions apply to the size of plant that can be harvested.
A single approved harvester licence may cover harvest at multiple sites and under ‘sustainable’ and ‘salvage’ situations. You will need a site approval licence for each harvest site before you can harvest.
- As an approved harvester licence holder, you will need to obtain a site approval licence for each salvage or sustainable harvest location before you can harvest anything.
- A site approval licence may be granted for a sustainable harvest or a salvage harvest, but not for both harvest types at a single location.
- Only one site approval licence will be granted for the sustainable harvest of a species at a site in any 5-year period, unless any previous site approvals were below the sustainable harvest level or were not filled. In these cases, additional site approvals may be granted to allow the harvest of the remainder of the sustainable harvest level.
- Written permission is required from the landowner for a site approval licence to be granted.
- Site approval applications may be subject to initial site inspections to verify the availability of species and to random inspections during the licence period.
- Site approval licences are granted for 1 year only.
Approved harvesters must establish monitoring plots to help them monitor harvest sustainability and provide harvest data to their local NPWS area office. Monitoring may be through the provision of accurate geographical coordinates or establishment of a fixed photographic monitoring point.
- NPWS tags are required for all species harvested from the wild.
- Find out more about tagging and how to apply for NPWS tags.
A Harvest Return Sheet (DOC 13KB) must be completed with information for each day of harvesting. It must include:
- the date and site of the harvest
- the number of plants harvested (and their relevant size classes, if appropriate)
- the tag numbers allocated to the plants from the site.
Harvest return sheets must be made available for inspection on request and must be submitted annually in an electronic format. No new licences or site approvals will be granted until all returns are submitted.
Licensees must also maintain records of plants at the stockpile site which detail the location of harvest and the time since harvest.
Licences include binding conditions; it’s important you understand and meet the conditions of your licence/s.
Licence cost and duration
- Approved harvester licence: $175 for 3 years
- Site approval licence: $75 per site per year.
To apply for an approved harvester licence, download and fill out the Approved Harvester Licence Application Form (DOC 64KB)
Email your Approved Harvester Licence Application Form to the Wildlife Team.
To apply for a site approval, download and fill out the Site Approval Licence Application Form (DOC 63KB)
Find your local NPWS area office to submit site approval licence applications or obtain further advice.
Please allow enough time for your application to be assessed. You will be contacted if further information is needed to complete an assessment.