Next steps for the land management and biodiversity conservation reforms
Work will continue as the enabling Regulation, tools and products that support the legislation are developed during 2017. Further consultation on more detailed components of the package will take place before the legislation commences, including:
- exhibiting the supporting regulation
- consulting on the Native Vegetation Regulatory Map
- exhibiting a draft State Environmental Planning Policy for Urban Vegetation in early 2017
- exhibiting draft instruments such as the Biodiversity Assessment Method, wildlife management codes of practice and the land management codes of practice from early 2017
- engaging with wildlife rehabilitation providers to design a new accreditation program for wildlife rehabilitation and rescue services to start in early 2018.
The new scheme will be able to commence from mid-2017.
The summary of submissions report (PDF, 587kb) provides a summary of the issues raised in public submissions.
A total of 7166 submissions were received, including approximately 6000 form submissions. Click here to read the submissions.
Archive of public consultation documents
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.
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. Community information sessions, technical workshops and webinars were held across NSW during the consultation period engaging over 1,000 participants. The community were invited to make submissions online or by post. Submissions were also received via NSW Government Ministers and the NSW Office of Environment and Heritage (OEH) ‘Environment Line’ email address.
The consultation package included:
- A draft Biodiversity Conservation Bill 2016 (PDF)
- A draft Bill to amend the Local Land Services Act 2013 (PDF)
- Proposed Local Land Services (LLS) codes of practice (metrics) (PDF)
- The draft Native Vegetation Map Method Statement (PDF)
- The draft Biodiversity Assessment Method (BAM) (PDF)
- The draft Code of Practice for Commercial Kangaroo Harvesting in NSW (PDF)
Additional explanatory material was also made available during consultation to assist stakeholders in the preparation of their submissions:
- Submission guide: Simplifying Land Management (PDF)
- Submission guide: Native Vegetation Regulatory Map (PDF)
- Submission guide: Ecologically Sustainable Development (PDF)
- Submission guide: Native Plants and Animals (PDF)
- Submission guide: Private Land Conservation (PDF)
- Independent peer review of the Biodiversity Assessment Method (PDF)
- OEH response to the independent peer review (PDF)
- Video: Building the Native Vegetation Regulatory Map (YouTube Link)
- The Native Vegetation Map Method Appendices (PDF)