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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. Private landholders of property in South Australia can enter into one.

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 or transfer ownership 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 may be released from some rates and taxes on the agreement land. Only areas identified in the Agreement or Registered Plan as Heritage Agreement areas can receive a reduced rate. The rate reduction is calculated by the State Valuation Office and varies from property to property across the state.  

How to apply

Before applying for a Heritage Agreement, please seek advice from your local Natural Resources Centre.

Send your completed application form to:

Native Vegetation Management Unit
Department for Environment and Water
GPO Box 1047
Adelaide SA 5001

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 the department's Native Vegetation Branch on (+61 8) 8303 9777 or

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