Apply for a voluntary agreement

Landholders wishing to protect biodiversity on their land can enter a wildlife refuge agreement or an in-perpetuity conservation agreement under our Conservation Partners Program.

 

Wildlife refuge agreements

Wildlife refuge agreements are an entry-level option for landholders who wish to protect the biodiversity on their property but do not wish to enter into a permanent agreement. This can be a good option for landholders wanting to explore how they can become involved in conservation.

These agreements are for an area of a minimum of 10 hectares, however smaller properties may be considered by the BCT if they contain very high conservation values or meet other strategic objectives of the Trust.

Benefits for landholders

Participating landholders receive landholder technical support and can apply for funding through our conservation partners grants to help maintain the biodiversity values of their property.

To apply for a wildlife refuge agreement, complete our landholder interest form at any time (please download and save to your computer first). You can either email your completed form to info@bct.nsw.gov.au or print and mail it to us using the following address: 

NSW Biodiversity Conservation Trust

Locked Bag 5022

Parramatta, NSW 2124

If you want to know how taxation and council rates work under a wildlife refuge agreement, read our Taxation Issues Landholder Guide*.

 

In-perpetuity conservation agreements

In-perpetuity conservation agreements are available for landholders who wish to protect the biodiversity on their property but are not seeking, or are ineligible, for conservation management payments under our Conservation Management ProgramThese agreements are registered on the title of the land, ensuring ongoing protection under subsequent landholders. 

This option may suit you if you have areas on your land that are of high conservation value and you wish to ensure those values are protected into the future.

Properties eligible for a conservation agreement should have a minimum 20 hectares proposed to be managed for biodiversity, however smaller properties may be considered by the BCT if they contain very high conservation values or meet other strategic objectives of the Trust.

Benefits for landholders

Participating landholders receive landholder technical support and can apply for funding through conservation partners grants to help maintain the ecological values of their property.

To apply for a conservation agreement, complete our landholder interest form at any time (please download and save to your computer first). You can either email your completed form to info@bct.nsw.gov.au or print and mail it to us using the following address: 

NSW Biodiversity Conservation Trust

Locked Bag 5022

Parramatta, NSW 2124

If you want to know how taxation and council rates work under a conservation agreement, read our Taxation Issues Landholder Guide*.


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*Disclaimer
The information in this document is general in nature and is intended as a guide only. It is not designed to be, nor should it be regarded, as legal or accounting advice. The NSW Biodiversity Conservation Trust (BCT) will not accept liability for any reliance on the content of this document.

The BCT also notes that the business and financial structure for each landholder or entity managing a biodiversity stewardship site or conservation area is likely to be unique. Therefore, the way taxation law applies will depend on individual circumstances.

The BCT encourages landholders to obtain independent advice on taxation that considers their specific circumstances before (and ongoing after) entering a private land conservation agreement.