Heritage Agreements

Application form to protect native vegetation

If you are a landholder and want to protect your important bushland, you may want to enter into a Heritage Agreement. Any landholder in South Australia can apply.

Heritage Agreements are helping to maintain important ecosystems in South Australia. Since the scheme was introduced in 1980, more than 2,800 landholders have agreed to ensure the long-term protection of over 1 million hectares of the state’s native vegetation.

What is a Heritage Agreement?

A Heritage Agreement is a conservation area on private land. It is established by agreement (or contract) between a landholder and the Minister for Sustainability, Environment and Conservation. 

Agreements are ongoing or perpetual and are binding on future landholders. This means that even if you sell your property in the future, the conservation status of the land under agreement will continue.

Native plants and animals in the specified area must be protected from the time the agreement is made. 

If you enter into a Heritage Agreement, you will be released from some rates and taxes on the agreement land.

How to apply

We encourage you to seek advice from your local Natural Resources Centre before you apply for a Heritage Agreement.

Send your completed application form to:

Native Vegetation Management Unit
Department of Environment, Water and Natural Resources
GPO Box 1047
Adelaide SA 5001
Email: nvc@sa.gov.au

NOTE: We have received a large number of applications recently. This means it will take longer than it should for us to process your application. We apologise for this. Please don’t let that stop you from making an application. 

Contact us

Enquiries should be directed to your local Natural Resources Centre. They can give you general advice and direction.

If you have submitted an application, or are seeking follow up information, please contact DEWNR's Native Vegetation Management Unit on (+61 8) 8303 9777 or nvc@sa.gov.au.

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