Conservation on Private Land

The law governing private conservation in NSW changed on 25 August 2017 with the introduction of the Biodiversity Conservation Act 2016.

Prior to the commencement of the Act, there were several options for landholders who wanted to undertake private land conservation. Under the new laws, there are three types of voluntary agreements that landholders can enter into depending on their circumstances and the conservation value of their land. These are:

– Biodiversity stewardship agreements;
– Conservation agreements; and
– Wildlife refuge agreements.

The different options offer various levels of protection, obligation and incentives.

This fact sheet provides information on the three types of private land conservation agreements. It also sets out the law that continues to apply to private conservation mechanisms that were in place before the new laws came in.

Other fact sheets you may find useful: Protected AreasBioBanking, Native Animals and Plants, Threatened Species and Ecological Communities, EPBC Act, Commonwealth Threatened Species Law

Chemicals & Pesticides

This Fact Sheet explains how the use of chemicals and pesticides is regulated in NSW. It identifies the authorities involved in the regulation of chemical and pesticide use, and details the types of orders they can make and the penalties for not complying with these orders. It details chemical and pesticide offences, and explains how these offences are enforced.

This Fact Sheet will be useful for people who are concerned about chemical or pesticide use near their home or place of work, or who want to report a breach of suspected chemical or pesticide offences.

Other Fact Sheets you may find useful: Air, Water and Noise Pollution, Waste Management, Contaminated Land, Water Quality Assessment, Air Quality – Dust Monitoring.

Clearing Vegetation

This fact sheet describes the regulatory framework governing the clearing of vegetation in NSW in rural areas and how these laws interact with other environmental laws, including those protecting threatened species and native animals and plants.

It details how unauthorised clearing can be enforced.

The fact sheet will be useful for landholders who wish to clear land in rural areas and anyone concerned about land clearing activity.

Other Fact Sheets you may find useful: Trees (including tree disputes), ForestryNative Animals and Plants, Threatened Species and Ecological Communities