Land for Wildlife

The Land for Wildlife scheme (LFW) was established in Tasmania in 1998. Participation in this conservation scheme is voluntary, free, and non-binding. The LFW scheme aims to encourage, support and recognise landowners who are taking a positive approach to the integration of property land management with nature conservation on private land.

A large proportion of Tasmania's wildlife species and habitat types which are poorly reserved on public land occur on privately owned land. Protecting a diverse range of habitats today will assist in reducing the risk of species becoming threatened in the future. Properties registered with the LFW scheme can make a valuable contribution to protecting our wildlife species and habitats. The LFW scheme is generally interested in areas that are greater than two hectares in size.

As at March 2017, there were around 958 LFW agreements in Tasmania covering 57,817 hectares.


Benefits of membership to the LFW scheme include:
  • On-site assessment to provide information and advice on habitats and species;
  • Practical advice and technical notes on land management;
  • A book which provides information on native fauna and their habitats;
  • A regular newsletter; and
  • A durable, attractive sign to indicate your membership in the scheme.


Protecting wildlife species and their habitats

At times we are asked ‘What is Land for Wildlife all about?'  Land for Wildlife (LFW) is the only national free non-binding voluntary nature conservation scheme that operates across Australia.  It is implemented in all States and Territories, except South Australia. 

LFW originated in Victoria in 1981 when the Bird Observers Club of Australia (BOCA) recommended a scheme be implemented to support and recognize landowners who were maintaining and protecting areas of natural bushland on their properties as “land for wildlife”.  Thus giving rise to the ‘Land for Wildlife’ scheme.

Land for Wildlife registered vineyard

LFW promotes and supports community participation in biodiversity conservation and contributes to the continuity of habitats across landscapes.  The beauty of the scheme is that landowners approach us to have their properties registered as a means of being recognized for their contribution to protecting wildlife species and their habitat.  By displaying the LFW sign they are also increasing community awareness of this.
LFW contributes to the broader conservation and protection of wildlife species and their habitats outside of formal public reserves, with a large proportion of Tasmania’s wildlife species and habitat types occurring mainly or solely on privately owned land. 

Restoration of riparian vegetation

Properties that qualify for LFW registration are generally 2ha or greater with at least 1ha of natural bush.  The scheme is about the integration of nature conservation with other land uses, it does not just solely apply to entire bush blocks.




- Iona Mitchell      


To learn more about Land for Wildlife, read the full version of this article in the June 2017 edition of The Running Postman newsletter:

  The Running Postman June 2017   (866Kb)


Additional Information

Judy Westbrook and kids


LFW members.
Photo by Peter Tonelli

The Running Postman and previous Land for Wildlife newsletters are now available online.

If you live in an urban or suburban area the Gardens for Wildlife scheme may interest you.

How to apply

If you would like more information about LFW, please complete and return the Expression of Interest form.

  Land for Wildlife Expression of Interest   (43Kb)


Land for Wildlife
Iona Mitchell
GPO Box 44
Hobart TAS 7001
Phone: 03 6165 4409

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