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Maintain agriculture, forestry or farming

Can I clear native vegetation to maintain existing agriculture, forestry or farming?

You can clear vegetation to maintain the existing use of land that has been consistently used for commercial agricultural, forestry or primary production purposes over the past 10 years.

What can I clear?

You can clear vegetation as long as:

  • it does not cause permanent degradation or loss of native vegetation

  • you allow cleared vegetation to regrow.

Does this include land under Heritage or Management Agreement?

No you cannot clear for this purpose on Heritage Agreement or Management Agreement land.

Do I need approval?

Yes you need to get a Management Plan approved by the Native Vegetation Council (NVC).

What do I have to do?

What if I want to clear native vegetation regrowth for the maintenance of existing agriculture, forestry or farming?

You can clear native vegetation that has regrown over the past 5 years and was lawfully cleared in the past.

What if I want to clear vegetation for grazing?

You can clear for grazing practices that have not changed in the past 10 years without approval.

You can clear for changed grazing practices, but you need to prepare a Management Plan and seek approval from the NVC. 


You are not permitted to clear for this activity if you are clearing in a way that will permanently remove or degrade native vegetation (including residual adverse impacts) – if this is the case you will need to submit a clearance application under the Native Vegetation Act 1991.

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.

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