Types of agreements

Every landholder that works in partnership with the Biodiversity Conservation Trust will have different circumstances and various goals for managing their land or farm.

Under the terms of the Biodiversity Conservation Act 2016, there are three main types of voluntary private land conservation agreements. The agreements have been designed to deliver better financial and technical support to landholders, and in doing so, create land-use options and additional income streams for rural landholders.

Biodiversity Stewardship Agreements

Biodiversity Stewardship Agreements are used for landholders wishing to generate and sell biodiversity credits under the Biodiversity Offsets Scheme. They provide permanent conservation and management of the biodiversity values on the land.

If you are a landholder, company or council, you may be interested in entering into a biodiversity stewardship agreement to generate and sell biodiversity credits. This is a voluntary agreement between the BCT and a landholder to permanently manage an area of land to improve its biodiversity values. 

The resulting stewardship site generates biodiversity credits which represent the expected improvement in biodiversity that will result from the protection and management of the site. A landholder can sell the biodiversity credits to a developer, the BCT or other interested parties.

The landholder will receive annual payments in return for undertaking conservation management actions on the property and may earn a profit from selling the biodiversity credits. For information on how to apply for a Biodiversity Stewardship Agreement, please complete our enquiry form which can be found here.

Conservation Agreements 

Conservation Agreements are voluntary agreements between the BCT and landholders to conserve and manage biodiversity on an area of land.

The BCT will offer conservation agreements to landholders under the Conservation Management Program or the Conservation Partners Program.

Landholders who are eligible to participate in the Conservation Management Program will receive annual conservation management payments to support them in carrying out conservation management actions.

Landholders who are eligible to participate in the Conservation Partners Program may be able to access Conservation Partners Grants to assist them to manage their conservation agreement.

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.

A wildlife refuge agreement is a voluntary arrangement between the BCT and the landholder to protect and manage biodiversity on an area of land. This can be a good option for landholders who wish to explore options for becoming involved in biodiversity conservation.

The BCT will offer wildlife refuge agreements under the Conservation Partners Program.

Every landholder who enters into an agreement with the BCT will be supported by the BCT’s Landholder Technical Support Package, which provides a range of assistance and support to landholders. More information can be found here.