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Rangelands Assessment Manual

A new method has been developed to assess native vegetation systems in the arid zone of South Australia. The Rangelands Assessment method is suitable for assessing vegetation in the following NRM Board regions:

  • SA Arid Lands (SAAL)
  • Alinytjara Wilurara (AW).

The method can be used to assess the quality and amount of vegetation for use in clearance or regulation applications, potential and established Significant Environmental Benefit (SEB) offset areas, and Heritage Agreements.

The main users of the method will be Accredited Consultants, who will be provided with training on using the method. Natural Resources SAAL staff and Pastoral Assessment Officers may also be able to assist with field assessments.

See the Draft Native Vegetation Council Rangelands Assessment Manual .

Have your say

There is a four week consultation period from Friday 30 June to Friday 28 July.

Visit the YourSAy page on the Rangelands Assessment Manual to make a submission.

More information

To find out more contact Fiona Galbraith, DEWNR:


Guidelines for certain native vegetation clearance activities

The following interim guidelines have been reviewed under Section 25 of the Native Vegetation Act 1991, as part of the transition process to the new Significant Environmental Benefit (SEB) Policy and Guide 2017; and under the Native Vegetation Regulations 2017

The guidelines provide advice and criteria to apply during certain native vegetation clearance activities.

Guideline for an SEB for the clearance of scattered trees

This guideline sets out the conditions and circumstances that allow the Native Vegetation Council (NVC) to provide consent to the clearance of scattered trees when deemed ‘seriously at variance’ with the Principles of Clearance (schedule 1) of the Native Vegetation Act 1991.

Guideline for clearance associated with existing agriculture, forestry or farming

This guideline sets out the circumstances where clearance can occur on land that has been consistently used for maintaining existing agriculture, forestry or farming activities over the past 10 years. 

The interim guideline contains criteria that must be addressed in a Management Plan that is approved by the NVC in accordance with the Native Vegetation Regulations 2017, Schedule 1, Regulation 11(24): Maintenance of existing agriculture, forestry or farming.

Have your say

Consultation on the interim guidelines is open from Thursday 13 July to Thursday 7 September 2017.

Written submissions can be provided to:

Native Vegetation Branch, DEWNR

GPO Box 1047, Adelaide, SA 5001

Or emailed to:

More information

Fiona Galbraith or Adam Schutz, DEWNR:

  • Phone: 08 8303 9777