Protecting the land we value most

NSW is home to some of the world’s most unique wildlife and natural environments as well as innovative and productive farmers.

Everyone agrees we need to look after our environment. That’s why we need to work together to protect the land and animals we value. The current system doesn’t deliver for the environment and doesn’t give farmers the support they need to conserve and protect their land.

The NSW Government is proposing reforms to land management and conservation that will benefit farmers and the environment. 

Farmers are frontline custodians of our environment. These reforms give farmers the flexibility to make decisions about the land that is their livelihood and produces our food and fibre, while helping them protect our environment. We will support farmers by giving them incentives to conserve their land, while encouraging them to remain world leaders in innovative farming practices.

This will be backed by record investment in private land conservation and the Saving Our Species program.

Public consultation and submissions

On 3 May 2016 the NSW Government released a draft package of land management and biodiversity conservation reforms in response to the Independent Biodiversity Legislation Review Panel’s recommendations. This package included:

The draft reform package was on public exhibition for eight weeks from 3 May to 28 June 2016 to allow stakeholders and the community to have their say. The community were invited to make submissions online or by post. Submissions were also received via NSW Government Ministers and the Office of Environment and Heritage (OEH) ‘Environment Line’ email address.

 The consultation period for has now closed. Thank you to everyone who has provided feedback on the draft reform package.


The summary of submissions report (PDF, 587kb) provides a summary of the issues raised in submissions.

A total of 7166 submissions were received, including approximately 6000 form submissions. Read the submissions

Next steps for the land management and biodiversity conservation reforms

The government aims to introduce the legislation into the Parliament by the end of 2016.

Subject to Parliament passing the proposed legislation, the government will commence the new laws in two stages in 2017.

The government plans to start the full legislative changes from 1 July 2017.

Further consultation on more detailed components of the package will take place between now and the commencement of the proposed legislation including: