The Land Management (Native Vegetation) Code

The Land Management (Native Vegetation) Code (Land Management Code) allows landholders to undertake clearing and management of native vegetation that supports more productive farming methods and systems, while responding to environmental risks.

The draft Land Management Code is undergoing further development and will continue to be tested and refined to:

  • Simplify the user experience for landholders
  • Provide better productivity outcomes
  • Provide improved environmental protections
  • Provide legal certainty and clarity

The Land Management Code applies to clearing of native vegetation on category 2 – regulated land. More information about the types of clearing covered by the Land Management Code is available in the Land Management Code Fact Sheet.

The final Land Management Code will be made by the Minister for Primary Industries, with the concurrence of the Minister for the Environment, following commencement of the Local Land Services Amendment Act 2016.


Each Code will set out clearing parameters and any set-aside requirements to offset the impacts of clearing.

Set-aside ratios identify how much land must be set-aside in exchange for clearing in another area of the property.

Set-asides must be in additional to any publicly funded initiative, offset or existing set-aside area.

Treatment of endangered ecological communities

Where clearing is proposed in a vulnerable ecological community (VEC) or endangered ecological community (EEC) a loading will be imposed when calculating the set-aside area. The set-aside area must be of the same VEC or EEC as the vegetation proposed to be cleared.

Land on which Codes do not apply

There will be some special categories of land and vegetation on which clearing under any Codes will not be permitted.

These areas will be identified by a new sub category (category 2 – sensitive regulated land) on the Native Vegetation Regulatory Map.

Requirement for Commonwealth approvals

Actions likely to impact a matter of environmental significance requires approval under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999.