National Parks and Wildlife Regulation 2019 consultation

NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service is seeking feedback on the consultation draft of the National Parks and Wildlife Regulation 2019. The consultation closes on 19 July 2019.

The National Parks and Wildlife Regulation 2009 (existing Regulation) sets out provisions to support achieving the objectives of the National Parks and Wildlife Act 1974. The regulation details how activities are managed in national parks to ensure conservation values are protected and people can enjoy visiting parks in a safe and sustainable way. That includes rules for the entry of vehicles and animals to national parks, camping, preventing littering and damage, lighting of fires, and protection of vegetation.

Why does the Regulation need to be updated?

The existing Regulation is being remade as part of the staged repeal of statutory rules required under the Subordinate Legislation Act 1989.

The review of the existing Regulation is intended to ensure the regulation is up to date, meets the Government’s better regulation principles, is in plain English, and reduces red tape wherever possible.

The changes in the National Parks and Wildlife Regulation 2019 (proposed Regulation) (PDF 500KB) are minor and aim to provide clarity on certain aspects of park management and to remove duplication of provisions now covered by the Biodiversity Conservation Act 2016.

Once the proposed Regulation is finalised, it will commence on 1 September 2019 and replace the existing Regulation.

You can find more information on why we're changing the existing Regulation on the Questions and answers webpage

Regulatory impact statement

A regulatory impact statement (RIS) (PDF 1MB) has been prepared to support the proposed Regulation. The issues discussed in the RIS don't represent the final NSW Government position on the amendments but provide an opportunity for interested parties to review it and provide comments and suggestions.

The RIS sets out the objectives and rationale of the proposed Regulation. It considers three options for achieving those objectives as well as an assessment of the costs and benefits of each option. 

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Have your say

Comments and suggestions may be provided on individual matters or on the proposed Regulation or the RIS as a whole. If commenting on a specific matter, please refer to the clause number in the proposed Regulation.

You can provide your comments on the proposed Regulation (PDF 500KB) and the RIS (PDF 1MB) in either of the following ways:

  • Make a submission online using the form below.
  • Post your written submission to –

National Parks and Wildlife Regulation Review
Parks Policy Team, Strategy & Coordination Branch
NSW National Parks & Wildlife Service
PO Box 1967
HURSTVILLE BC NSW  1481

The closing date for submissions is Friday 19 July 2019.

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