The Sanctuary Scheme is a voluntary scheme that encourages and assists landowners to provide habitats for wildlife on their property. A sanctuary is a private or public area containing high value habitat outside the DEWNR system of parks and reserves.

There have been sanctuaries in South Australia since 1919. Originally they were set up to provide areas where mammals and birds could not be hunted. Many landowners still participate in the scheme for this very reason.

Sanctuaries are declared on land containing areas of established habitat where landowners are committed to conservation management.

Joining the Sanctuary Scheme

Before being admitted to the Sanctuary Scheme, you must establish that it is your intention to manage the property in a way that maintains and enhances wildlife, or in a way that integrates nature conservation with other land management objectives.

To join the Sanctuary Scheme fill out an application form (72kb pdf) and send to:

DEWNR Private Land Conservation
GPO Box 1047
Adelaide SA 5001

After an application has been received DEWNR will arrange for a visit to the property.