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.

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 BCT.

Benefits for landholders

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

To apply, complete our online landholder interest form, which you can exit, save and return to at any time. Once you submit it will automatically send your application and supporting documents to the regional team, and you will receive an email copy. 

Note that this form requires an email address. If you don't have an email address, we recommend you add the email: [email protected] and continue to fill out the form as normal. Keep in mind if you use this method you won't be able to save the form and return to it, so will have to complete the form in one go. Any issues contact the BCT on 1300 992 688.  

You can also fill out a printable landholder interest form at any time (please download and save to your computer first). You can either email your completed form to [email protected] 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*.

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 BCT.

The BCT also encourages landholders to consider the Wildlife Land Trust Program run by the Humane Society Australia, or the Land for Wildlife Program run by the Community Environment Network. 

For information about revoking a wildlife refuge please refer to our wildlife revocation factsheet

Benefits for landholders

Participating landholders receive landholder 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 [email protected] 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*.

 

 


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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.