Conservation on private land - fact sheet
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 Areas, BioBanking, Native Animals and Plants, Threatened Species and Ecological Communities, EPBC Act, Commonwealth Threatened Species Law