Private Land Conservation Program

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 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.
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 Private Land Conservation Program includes:

​​​​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.

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 has been the principal long term covenanting program but currently is not accepting new applications. Instead PLCP staff are compiling a list of enquiries for future assessment. Our focus is supporting current covenant owners and Land For Wildlife members.

Previous Programs

Mange outbreaks threaten wombats, but there ARE ways you can help

Non-infected wombat at Narawntapu National Park
Photo:  James Leggate

The Narawntapu National Park used to be a place where you could be guaranteed to see wombats all over the marsupial lawns, but now there are only a handful of wombats left, due to the ravages of sarcoptic mange that has killed approximately 94 percent of the local wombats.


Mange infected wombat
Photo: Oma  Rodger

Mange disease is caused by microscopic mites, Sarcoptes scabiei, which burrow into the skin, leading to a thick, scaly crust on the skin and hair loss.  It is intensely itchy for the wombat, and can lead to scabs and painful cracked skin, secondary infections, blindness, weight loss, changed behaviour and months of suffering that can ultimately lead to death.

Wombat burrow flap
Photo: Oma Rodger

Mange is thought to spread mainly as a result of sharing burrows.  Wombats are usually solitary but will share burrows on occasion or use the same burrow, but on differing days.  Fortunately, an ingenious and simple treatment has been developed by the Wombat Protection Society of Australia.  Called the “burrow flap method”, it uses an ice cream box lid, a milk bottle cap, some wire and a treatment provided by the Tasmanian Wildlife Rehabilitation Council (TWRC).  A measured amount of chemical trickles onto a wombat’s back as it enters or leaves the burrow.  There is no need to disturb the wombat. 

Assistance to community groups and individuals is available to help with costs in treating mange-affected wombats.  For an application form and for Mange Treatment Protocols, see


Healthy wombat on Maria Island
Photo: James Leggate

- Anna Povey 


To learn more about mange in wombats, what is being done to treat wombats and how you an help, read the full article in the June 2017 edition of The Running Postman newsletter:

  The Running Postman June 2017   (866Kb)







Private Land Conservation Program participants as at June 2017:
​Number of covenants
843​107,349 hectares
​Land for Wildlife members
957​57,781 hectares
​Garden for Wildlife members
​584​2,830 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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