Native vegetation

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As of 1 July 2015, your local Natural Resources Management (NRM) Centre will be able to assist your native vegetation related enquiries. If you are not sure which is your local NRM Region, view a regional map.

NRM Region Centre Location Phone Email
Adelaide & Mt Lofty Ranges Adelaide 08 8273 9100 Contact form
Alinytjara Wilurara Adelaide 08 8463 4860 Contact form
Eyre Peninsula Port Lincoln 08 8688 3111 Email
Kangaroo Island Kingscote 08 8553 4444 Contact form
Northern and Yorke Clare 08 8841 3400 Contact form
SA Arid Lands Port Augusta 08 8648 5300 Contact form
SA Murray-Darling Basin Murray Bridge 08 8532 9100 Email
South East Mount Gambier 08 8735 1177 Email

Native Vegetation in South Australia

Native vegetation plays a vital role in the health and prosperity of South Australia's ecosystems, communities and natural resource-based industries. Native vegetation refers to any naturally occurring local plant species that are indigenous to South Australia, from small ground covers and native grasses to large trees and water plants. 

Less than 20 percent of indigenous vegetation remains in most agricultural areas, with some regions reporting figures of less than 12 percent. Indigenous vegetation provides essential habitat for our native animal species and helps to protect our land and water against problems like erosion, salinity and climate change.

The Native Vegetation Act 1991 ensures that areas of high conservation value are protected and that minor clearance is subject to a thorough assessment process.

Find out more about the management of native vegetation in South Australia:


Maps are available to show precisely where across the State the Native Vegetation Act 1991 applies (including 2013 amendments).

The downloadable maps are available without cost as A3 PDF versions on the Enviro Data website.

The overall State map covers all SA, while the remaining 12 Local Council areas provide the breakdown of those Councils (largely metropolitan) where there is a mix of locations where the Act does and does not apply.

An interactive map for professional use is available via NatureMaps.

    Native Vegetation Council eNews

    The South Australian Native Vegetation Council and the DEWNR Native Vegetation Management Unit send a regular enewsletter to help you keep up to date.

    Read the latest issues of the NVC eNews.

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