Private Land Conservation Program

NEW View the Planned Burning Management web page for a range of tools and strategies to assist Tasmanian private landholders with fire management.

"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.

Scat-watching - a way to know your wildlife

With so many of our wildlife nocturnal and secretive, their scats (droppings/dung/faeces/poo) can be one of the best ways to know they are around.


Brush-tailed Possum scats

Cylindrical scats under a tree are a sure sign of possums (here Brush-tailed possums).

Photo: Anna Povey

Anna with scat

Use a stick to break up a scat and work out its contents.

Photo: James Hattam 

You may be most familiar with marsupial herbivore scats, with wallaby scats densely scattered over pasture, and wombat "cubes" piled on prominent logs, rocks and paths.  An ecological rule is that there are always more herbivores than carnivores in a system, and also herbivores defecate more, as they have to eat a lot of fibrous plant material to obtain the energy they need. Amongst all the marsupial poo we are blessed with in Tasmania, the "gold" is carnivore poo, or other rarer items such as regurgitated pellets of birds of prey.  

  - Anna Povey




Quoll Scat


Spotted-tailed quoll scats may contain small bones

Photo:  Anna Povey

Devil scat bones Green Tier May 2015

Devil scats may contain large pieces of bone and be white with calcium

Photo: Anna Povey


Frogmouth or magpie pellets


Bird pellets, probably here by magpies or tawny frogmouths, full of undigested beetle shells.

Photo: Anna Povey

To find out more about how to identify animnal scats and learn some useful tips, read the full version of this article in the December 2015 edition of The Running Postman newsletter:

    The Running Postman December 2015   (867Kb)

Private Land Conservation Program participants as at December 2015:
​Number of covenants
​795​97,487 hectares
​Land for Wildlife members
912​57,113 hectares
​Garden for Wildlife members
​544​2,791 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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