Commercial use of protected plants: Public consultation

Draft NSW management plans for the commercial use of protected plants were released for public comment. Submissions closed 9 November 2017.

About the draft management plans

The Office of Environment and Heritage (OEH) has prepared draft wildlife trade management plans setting out the licensing requirements applied under NSW legislation (Biodiversity Conservation Act 2016) for the growing, harvesting and sale of protected whole plants and cut flowers.

The development of these management plans is a requirement of the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 administered by the Australian Government.

The plans are subject to review, public consultation and re-approval by the Australian Government every 5 years.

The 2 current NSW management plans concerning the commercial use of protected plants are due to expire soon.

Draft NSW management plans for 2018–22, which will replace the current plans, were issued for public consultation.

  • Cut-flower Sustainable Management Plan 2018–22 for protected and threatened plants in the cut-flower industry.

    This plan outlines the legislation and licensing requirements for the cut flower industry.

    The plan also describes management procedures for the industry including plant tagging requirements, monitoring harvest sustainability, and record keeping requirements.

    The plan includes a summary of changes from the previous plan.
  • Whole Plant Sustainable Management Plan 2018–22 for the commercial harvest and propagation of whole protected plants.

    This plan describes the proposed regulatory framework for managing the commercial harvest, salvage and growing of protected whole plants such as grass trees, staghorns, orchids and cycads.

    The plan describes proposed licensing arrangements for persons or businesses that harvest whole protected plants or propagate whole protected plants for sale.

    The plan also sets out the operational framework under which licensed activities can be undertaken including tagging, reporting and site management obligations.

    The plan includes a summary of changes from the previous plan.

Public consultation

Public exhibition for these documents was from 12 October 2017 to 9 November 2017. Public consultation for these documents has ended.

More information

If you have questions about the draft management plans, please contact the NSW Wildlife Biodiversity Reforms team by email

Find information about current licensing arrangements at commercial use of protected plants.