Conservation Partners Program
The BCT’s Conservation Partners Program is for landholders wishing to protect and manage biodiversity on their land. It is available on an on-going basis for landholders who are not seeking or are ineligible for conservation management payments under the BCT’s Conservation Management Program.
Under this program, the BCT uses four mechanisms - all voluntary - to encourage landholders to participate in private land conservation:
- Landholder Applications for Conservation Agreements: Landholders wishing to permanently protect and conserve biodiversity on their land can apply to enter an in-perpetuity Conservation Agreement at any time. An in-perpetuity Conservation Agreement is a voluntary agreement between you and the BCT to conserve and manage biodiversity on an area of your land. These agreements are registered on the land title and are binding on 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. Find out more.
- Landholder Applications for Wildlife Refuge Agreements: Landholders wishing to conserve habitat for wildlife can apply to enter a wildlife refuge agreement at any time. BCT also encourages landholders to consider the Wildlife Land Trust run by Humane Society International (HSI) or the Land for Wildlife program run by the Community Environment Network (CEN). Wildlife Refuge Agreements are an option if you wish to protect the biodiversity on your land but do not wish to enter into a permanent agreement. This can be a good option if you wish to explore how you can become involved in conservation. Find out more.
- Conservation Partners Grants: All landholders with an agreement that does not include annual conservation management payments, including any new agreements arising under this program, can apply at any time for a conservation partners grant. Grants can assist landholders to maintain the ecological values of their properties. For example, a landholder may need funding to manage a pest or weed outbreak, or to repair a fence to manage stock. Find out more.
- A Revolving Fund: The BCT may sometimes use the revolving fund to purchase properties for sale outside priority investment areas but which contain important ecological assets. Properties will be sold with a pre-commitment agreement to enter an in-perpetuity Conservation Agreement.
What are the benefits of entering a BCT agreement within this program?
Landholders participating in this program will be contributing to biodiversity conservation in NSW.
Participating landholders receive ongoing technical support (read more here) and can apply for funding from the BCT’s Conservation Partners Grants to help maintain the ecological values of the property.
Landholders with in-perpetuity Conservation Agreements may also benefit certain financial concessions. Landholders should seek their own financial or taxation advice.
How do I know if I’m eligible for an Agreement under this program?
The Conservation Partners Program is available for landholders who are not seeking or are ineligible for conservation management payments under the BCT’s Conservation Management Program.
It is offered on sites that contain high conservation values. Contact the BCT and we will help you to determine whether your property might be eligible for a site assessment.
Agreements can be entered with any individual, group or corporation that owns land, or leases land from the Crown, that contains high conservation values and meets minimum size and condition requirements.
Find out more details on eligibility criteria and requirements in the Guide for Landholders available on this page.
When can I apply for a Wildlife Refuge or in-perpetuity Conservation Agreement?
You can apply for a Wildlife Refuge Agreement or an in-perpetuity Conservation Agreement at any time. Find out more
Existing private land Conservation Agreement holders
The Conservation Partners Program builds upon the private land conservation programs previously offered by the Office of Environment and Heritage and the Nature Conservation Trust of NSW. Under this program, the BCT will continue to support landholders with existing Conservation Agreements, trust agreements, registered property agreements and wildlife refuges.