Joint management agreements

The Department of Climate Change, Energy, the Environment and Water makes joint management agreements to work with other authorities to protect threatened species.

The department can make a joint management agreement with another public authority to manage, regulate or restrict an action that jeopardises the survival of a threatened species, population or ecological community.

However, before an agreement can be made, submissions from the public and the NSW Threatened Species Scientific Committee must be invited and considered.

Current agreements

Department of Primary Industries contractor setting a shark net at Coogee Beach, as part of the Shark Meshing Bather Protection ProgramThe only current example is the shark meshing joint management agreement between the former Office of Environment and Heritage (as of 1 January 2024 the Department of Climate Change, Energy, the Environment and Water) and the Department of Primary Industries.

This agreement aims to minimise the impact of shark meshing on marine mammals, birds and reptiles.

Read the NSW Shark Meshing (Bather Protection) Program Joint Management Agreement (PDF 3.3MB).