Policy adopted 17 February 2017
Policy last updated 19 March 2020
Scope and application
This policy applies to all lands acquired or reserved under the National Parks and Wildlife Act 1974 (NPW Act) except for lands reserved under Part 4A of the Act (unless the Board of Management for those lands has adopted the policy). However, NPWS staff can use the policy as guidance in their dealings with Boards of Management.
This policy provides:
- clear guidance for risk management
- the parameters for legally recognising RDAs as existing uses under the NPW Act
- information on how to confirm RDA boundaries
- guidance on how to manage stakeholder engagement.
Existing interest, under the National Parks and Wildlife Act 1974, means a lease, licence, permit, authority, authorisation or occupancy granted under the Forestry Act 2012, the Crown Lands Act 1989, the Crown Lands (Continued Tenures) Act 1989 or the Western Lands Act 1901.
Park means a reserve gazetted under the National Parks and Wildlife Act 1974, including a national park, nature reserve, historic site, Aboriginal area, state conservation area, karst conservation reserve, or regional park, or any land acquired by the Minister under Part 11 of the Act. It includes a park managed jointly with the Aboriginal community under Part 4A of the Act.
Park authority means the body responsible for the care, control and management of a park, as defined in the National Parks and Wildlife Regulation 2009.
Permissive shooting rights means written permission provided by the legal owner of the land or other person legally authorised to give this permission, for range personnel to have access to and conduct activities relating to the use of the shooting range. For parks, this will be written recognition of an existing interest.
This section outlines NPWS staff with significant responsibilities for ensuring implementation of the policy.
|3 and 12 – approvals to recognise and renew existing interests
|17 – managing and recording risks through risk registers and Work Safe Online
|22 and 24 – terminating existing interests