Private Land Conservation Program

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"To build an effective and resilient network of private reserves and areas with complementary biodiversity management, in partnership with landowners and other organisations"

The Private Land Conservation Program (PLCP) was established in 2006 to provide a single point of management for all of the Department's conservation programs that focus on private land. The Program works with landowners to sustainably manage and conserve natural values (e.g. native flora and fauna, natural wetlands, geoconservation areas) on private land. We are committed to helping landowners to look after these values now and into the future.

"Building partnerships with landowners for the sustainable management and conservation of natural values across the landscape"

The Department, the agricultural sector and regional Natural Resource Management (NRM) Committees all acknowledge the key role of private landowners in conserving our natural diversity and the public and private benefits that flow from this approach. Capable land stewardship conserves the natural environment, providing benefits for future Tasmanians and visitors while enabling landowners to maintain market access and capitalise on new opportunities.

The PLCP aims to develop and encourage an integrated approach to private land management and planning that helps landowners fully benefit from the sustainable management of their properties' natural diversity. We seek to achieve high level recognition of the biodiversity value of natural systems and the need to appropriately protect them, and to support individuals who voluntarily manage these systems for conservation outcomes.

The PLCP provides a coordinated and targeted approach to the establishment of voluntary conservation agreements with private landowners. To this end, the program works with partners including landowners to deliver a variety of initiatives and shorter-term incentive programs.

The Private Land Conservation Program offers

Previous Programs

Conservation Covenants

Landowners may enter into a Conservation Covenant to manage defined areas specifically for nature conservation. Covenants are legally binding under the Nature Conservation Act (2002) and are registered on the land title. Although a Covenant is usually in perpetuity, it may be registered for a fixed-term.

Covenants in perpetuity give peace of mind that natural values, such as native flora and fauna, natural wetlands and geoconservation areas, will persist for generations. They also contribute to Australia's network of protected areas, the National Reserve System.

We offer management support and advice to landowners with Conservation Covenants, and conduct scientific monitoring of the protected natural values.

Other benefits of a Conservation Covenant include:
  • Exemption from land tax (for the area under Covenant);
  • Rate rebates in some council areas;
  • Salinity and erosion protection by maintaining remnant native vegetation;
  • Supporting applications for funding for environmental works; and
  • A sense of well-being from knowing that you have protected your land for future generations and will be making an important contribution to nature conservation in Australia
The Protected Areas on Private Land program is the current covenanting program.

In full flight: helping to save the orange-bellied parrot

Orange-bellied parrot

The rare and beautiful Orange-bellied parrot

In a spectacle of iridescent blue, green and orange, a handful of birds nibble and chatter on a feeding platform at Melaleuca, in the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area.  Having just flown over 500 km to reach their breeding grounds, captured in this brief moment of time sit some of the last remaining population known to exist in the wild.

Aptly named the Orange-bellied Parrot (OBP), these magnificent birds are one of Australia’s most endangered species.

In an effort to help recover this iconic species, the DPIPWE Orange-bellied Parrot Tasmanian Program (OBPTP) is working closely with the Commonwealth Government, the National OBP Recovery Team, the Tasmania Parks and Wildlife Service and Wildcare Friends of the OBP volunteers.  The OBPTP team oversees the management of the wild OBP population at their breeding grounds at Melaleuca and also cares for a significant captive insurance population, which is managed as part of the national Zoo and Aquarium Association’s Australasian Species Management Program for this species. 

Orange-bellied parrot

Climbing high: DPIPWE staff preparing artificial nest-boxes

“With so few OBPs left in the wild, emotions are high with everyone wanting to do what they can for these beautiful birds,” says Dr Annika Everaardt, Manager of the OBPTP.  “Yet the situation is very complex.  With such a small population, any incident such as a severe weather event or a disease outbreak can have devastating consequences.”

Running a conservation program in the rugged and remote southwest is not without additional challenges.  All logistical support must be either flown in or shipped by boat over several days.  It is only with the help of an extraordinary team of volunteers who stay at Melaleuca over the summer and provide supplementary bird food, maintain strict hygiene protocols and record the identifying leg bands of OBPs, that the program is able to monitor the population in Tasmania daily throughout the breeding season.

A strong captive insurance population (including strategic releases of captive birds into the wild), together with a productive breeding season, will provide the species with the best possible chance of survival in the wild in the short-term.  We are working together in an effort to ensure this remarkable species continues to be a part of the Australian landscape.

Orange-bellied parrot

Orange-bellied parrots checking out DPIPWE remote camera monitoring equipment on the feed table at Melaleuca

Orange-bellied parrot

The spectacular iridescent colours of the Orange-bellied parrot
Photo:  Col Rowe









- Sophia Callander, DPIPWE Orange-bellied Parrot Tasmanian Program






Take these rare birds under your wing and support the OBP conservation efforts by making a donation to the WILDCARE Save the Orange-bellied Parrot Fund - 


To learn more about these beautiful birds and what is being done to help save the species, read the full article in the December 2016 edition of The Running Postman newsletter:

  The Running Postman December 2016   (1Mb)


For more information about the OBP visit or find us on Facebook:

Private Land Conservation Program participants as at December 2016:
​Number of covenants
819​99,321 hectares
​Land for Wildlife members
935​57,465 hectares
​Garden for Wildlife members
​570​2,818 hectares

Please note that some landowners are registered with more than one program, and there is some overlap in the figures presented.


Private Land Conservation Enquiries
GPO Box 44
Hobart TAS 7001
Phone: 1300 368 550

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