The New South Wales national parks system is made up of over 870 parks, covering more than 7.2 million hectares.
We manage our parks for:
- the conservation of natural heritage, Aboriginal cultural heritage, and historic heritage
- visitation opportunities that foster public appreciation for natural and cultural heritage conservation.
State of the Parks
State of the Parks is the assessment framework we use to evaluate management effectiveness across our park system. It is based on the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) best-practice guidelines Evaluating effectiveness: A framework for for assessing management effectiveness of protected areas.
Assessment results are used to evaluate how we are tracking against planned objectives and outcomes. We analyse results to inform evidenced-based decision-making at all levels of management within the NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS). We also assess progress toward international targets, such as the Convention on Biological Diversity’s Aichi Biodiversity Targets, and to raise the profile of NSW national parks through programs such as the IUCN Green List. Three of our parks are recognised on the green list of protected and conserved areas.
NPWS has collected standardised park management information through State of the Parks every 3 to 5 years since 2005, the most recent assessment was completed in 2018. State of the Parks results were published in 2001, 2004 and 2007. Since 2010 State of the Parks results have been publicly reported via NSW State of the Environment.