Public registers

The Office of Environment and Heritage is required to maintain a number of public registers under certain pieces of legislation.

Public register under the National Parks and Wildlife Act

The public register under the National Parks and Wildlife Act 1974 (NPW Act) has been established to provide the public with information related to Aboriginal places and other regulatory functions under the NPW Act and the Biodiversity Conservation Act 2016 (BC Act). This register supports the Office of Environment and Heritage's (OEH's) broad principle of ensuring that where possible, the agency's decisions are publicly available and transparent. The register contains details of:

Aboriginal Heritage Information Management System

The Aboriginal Heritage Information Management System (AHIMS) is maintained by OEH and makes cultural heritage information available to members of the public upon request, usually to identify the location of sensitive and potentially culturally significant sites relating to development applications. This information helps members of the public avoid an offence under section 86 of the NPW Act. OEH maintains the right to refuse a request for information.

Office of Environment and Heritage made an information management commitment to Aboriginal communities to honour the trust placed in OEH by Aboriginal people in sharing information about their heritage places and landscapes and respect the intellectual property rights of Aboriginal people.

For more information, contact the AHIMS Registrar, Culture and Heritage Division, Hurstville on: 02 9585 6444.

Areas of outstanding biodiversity value

Areas of declared critical habitat under the Threatened Species Conservation Act 1995 (TSC Act), (including Little Penguin and Wollemi Pine declared areas), have become the first areas of outstanding biodiversity value (AOBV) in New South Wales with the commencement of the BC Act. The Biodiversity Conservation Regulation 2017 establishes the criteria for declaring AOBVs. The criteria have been designed to identify the most valuable sites for biodiversity conservation in New South Wales.

Biodiversity Offsets Scheme public registers

OEH provides a range of public registers that support the operation of the Biodiversity Offsets Scheme (BOS), as required by the Biodiversity Conservation Act 2016 and Biodiversity Conservation Regulation 2017.

The BOS public registers allow OEH, the Biodiversity Conservation Trust and the community to track private land conservation agreements and biodiversity credits and to understand the credit market. They also support the operation of the credit market, by helping to connect credit buyers and sellers.

The BOS pubic registers are in development and will be available soon.

BioBanking public registers

The BioBanking public registers provide the public with the confidence that potential impacts on biodiversity and threatened species are being appropriately offset. The registers were established under section 127ZZ of the TSC Act  (repealed) and comply with the Privacy and Personal Information Act 1998 for personal information. The BioBanking public register covers:

  • biobanking agreements
  • biobank site expressions of interest
  • biobanking statements
  • biodiversity credits
  • biodiversity credit transaction.

The BioBanking Scheme has been replaced by the Biodiversity Offsets Scheme under the Biodiversity Conservation Act 2016 which commenced on 25 August 2017. The BioBanking registers will continue to be updated for existing applications and agreements, however new applications for BioBanking agreements or BioBanking statements are no longer being accepted.

Biodiversity Conservation Program register

We are required to keep a register of strategies included in the Biodiversity Conservation Program (BCP)  for threatened species and threatened ecological communities. The BCP is delivered as part of the Saving our Species (SoS) program. Saving our Species conservation strategies deliver on the objectives of the BCP to maximise the long-term security of threatened species and threatened ecological communities in nature and to minimise the impacts of key threatening processes on biodiversity and ecological integrity. Office of Environment and Heritage is required to have an SoS conservation strategy in place for every threatened species and threatened ecological community within 2 years of the commencement of the BC Act . Search the SoS database for biodiversity conservation strategies.

Conservation agreements

A Conservation agreement is an agreement between landholders and the Minister for the Environment. The agreement provides permanent protection for the special features of the land and is voluntary.

The area under the agreement is registered on the title of the land ensuring that if the land is sold, the agreement and management requirements remain in place.

The register is open for public inspection during business hours. For further information:
Email: conservation.partners@environment.nsw.gov.au

Register of easements, leases and rights of way

We keep a register leases, easements and rights of way granted on national parks and reserves under the NPW Act.

Historic Heritage Information Management System (HHIMS)

The HHIMS maintained by OEH contains information about recorded historic places on sites OEH manages. The HHIMS holds details on the type and location of historic places, collections of heritage items and individual buildings, reports and other archival material. Access to HHIMS is available to researchers and interested members of the public.

For more information, contact the HHIMS Registrar, Culture and Heritage Division, Hurstville on (02) 9585 6444.

Public register of wildlife licences

The public register of wildlife licences is a register of biodiversity conservation licences granted under the BC Act allowing activities to regulate interactions between humans and native wildlife, including the:

  • keeping of native animals
  • interstate import or export of protected animals
  • undertaking of scientific, conservation and educational activities involving native wildlife.

Threatened species licence register 

The register of threatened species licences is a register of biodiversity conservation licences granted under the BC Act allowing activities to:

  • harm an animal that is a  threatened species or part of a threatened ecological community
  • pick a plant that is a threatened species or part of a threatened ecological community
  • damage an area of outstanding biodiversity value
  • damage a habitat of a threatened species or ecological community.

Public register of licences to harm

The public register of licences to harm is a register of biodiversity conservation licences granted under the BC Act allowing activities to control protected animals. These licences include:

  • landholder’s licences to harm
  • general licences to harm
  • reptile catch and release licences
  • possum catch and release licences.

Public register of commercial kangaroo harvesting licences

The public register of kangaroo harvesting licences is a register of biodiversity conservation licences granted under the BC Act allowing various commercial kangaroo harvesting activities. These licences include:

  • occcupier/landholder licences
  • professional harvester's licences
  • occupier harvester's licences
  • fauna dealer wholesaler licences
  • skin dealer licences.

Native vegetation public registers

The following information about property vegetation plans (PVPs) approved under the Native Vegetation Act 2003 is contained in a number of native vegetation public registers:

  • information relating to the approval of broadscale clearing of native vegetation
  • information specifying a date for the definition of regrowth
  • information about PVPs and development consents that approve broadscale clearing where Local Land Service discretion has been exercised
  • information on clearing of native vegetation for essential local government infrastructure
  • information on approved increases to infrastructure RAMA buffer distances.

The Native Vegetation Act 2003 was repealed on 25 August 2017; however, these public registers continue to be updated to reflect changes to existing PVPs.

Wilderness protection agreements register

The register of wilderness protection agreements includes land tenure information (required by section 14 of the Wilderness Act 1987.

The register is open for public inspection during business hours. For further information, email conservation.partners@environment.nsw.gov.au.

Public register of filming approvals

This register provides basic details about NPWS filming approvals since 16 July 2004. For more information about a particular filming approval, contact local NPWS staff - click on the relevant park or reserve for contact details.

 

Page last updated: 28 August 2018