Can I clear native vegetation for cultural activities?

If you are an Aboriginal person, you can clear vegetation for non-commercial use by you or by another Aboriginal person, in accordance with Aboriginal culture and tradition.

Aboriginal person means a person of Aboriginal descent who is accepted as a member by a group in the community who claim Aboriginal descent.

What can I clear?

You can remove part of a plant for non-commercial personal, domestic or communal activities.

Do I need approval?

No you do not need to get approval.

What do I have to do?

  • Self-assess that your clearing is within the parameters of this activity.

  • Consider if there are other practical alternatives to clearing.

  • Obtain the written permission of the landowner if you are acting on behalf of the landowner.

What if I want to clear vegetation for ecological purposes?

You can clear vegetation for ecological purposes to conserve, manage or restore native species, native vegetation or ecological processes, provided it does not cause permanent degradation or loss of native vegetation.

What if my activity doesn't fit this description?

If your proposed clearance does not meet the requirements of this regulation, or another regulation, you can submit a clearance application under Section 28 of the Native Vegetation Act 1991.


Native Vegetation Branch.