Can I collect native seeds and specimens?

You can collect seeds and specimens from native vegetation provided it is done in a way that does not substantially damage the plant.

What can I collect?

You can take a specimen, a cutting from a plant for propagation or the part of the plant that is required to obtain the seeds of the plant.

Where can I collect?

If you are collecting:

  • on private land, you require consent from the landholder

  • on roadsides, you require consent from the local council as well as a National Parks permit

  • on Crown land, including National Parks and Wildlife reserves, you require a National Parks permit.

Does this include land under Heritage or Management Agreement?

Yes you can collect native seeds and specimens for this purpose on Heritage Agreement or Management Agreement land.

Do I need approval?

No you do not need to get approval, however consent and permits may be required as outlined above.

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.


You are not permitted to clear for this activity if you:

  • cause substantial damage to any part of the plant

  • cut an entire branch off a tree to collect seed

  • remove all harvestable seed from a single plant

  • remove an entire plant to transplant elsewhere.

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.