Permitting Information on Commercial Use of Native Plant Species

​​​​The scientific collection and commercial harvest and use of native species is in some cases regulated. This page provides links to all the information required to undertake these activities legally.

What is the meaning of 'take'?

Taking Native flora (by definition for species listed on the Threatened Species Protection Act1995) includes kill, catch, damage and collect (section 3) of any listed plant, plant part or product (such as seed, foliage, roots, bark, sap etc.) and by definition under the Nature Conservation Act 2002 and the National Parks and Reserves Management Act 2002 includes destroy, damage or interfere with a native plant, plant part or product.

When is a permit required?

A permit is required to 'take':
  • Native plant species listed as endangered, vulnerable or rare under the Threatened Species Protection Act 1995. In this case a permit is required regardless of the land tenure (current list of species ​protected).
  • Any native plant species listed on the regulations of the Nature Conservation Act 2002. In this case the permit is required for all land tenures, unless stated otherwise in the regulations.
  • Any native plant species from public lands managed by the State Government.
  • Any native plant species from Private Sanctuaries and Private Nature Reserves which have been declared under the Nature Conservation Act 2002, if you are not the owner of that land.


Dendr​ochronology ​research​

Dendrochronology research in Tasmania primarily involves obtaining tree ring samples by coring living trees of four rainforest conifer species. Cores and discs are also sampled from dead trees and logs of these species.

Pencil Pine

Pencil Pine
copyright: Nick Fitzgerald



Dendrochronology is subject to some collection restrictions and the Agency's Policy and Guidelines should be referred to before submitting an application.

  Tree Core Research Zones in Tasmania: Spatial Analysis of Rainforest Conifer Species   (2Mb)

Please read the following Policy Statement on dendrochronology research in public reserves and protecols for collected material.

  Dendrochronology Sampling Policy   (336Kb)

Steps to follow when applying for a permit

Read theinformation sheet

The information sheet provides information on when a permit is required, what other permits, approvals and/or licences might be necessary, instances when permits are not required plus contacts for further information. Refer to the guidelines

Before completing a Permit Application Form, please read these Guidelines. Included is information on how to apply for a permit, how to fill out the application form, what happens to the application, if issued with a permit what that means plus contacts for further information.
  • Guidelines for Permit Applications for the 'Taking' of Native Flora
Complete a permit application form

Permit applications must be made to the Natural Values Conservation Branch page Collection Permits - Authorities to take Native Flora.

Permits Relating to Flora on Commonwealth Land (including Macquarie Island)

See the links below for information on permits that cover Commonwealth areas in Tasmania.

Other Useful resources

Tasmanian native plant species harvested commercially

​​Scientific Na​​​​me​​ Common Name​ (and links to further information)
Agastachys odorata​ Fragrant candlebush
Anopterus glandulosus
Native laurel
Banksia marginata Silver banksia
Bellendena montana Mountain rocket
Blechnum nudum Fishbone waterfern
Blechnum wattsi Hard waterfern
Cenarrhenes nitida Native plum
Dicksonia antarctica Tree fe​rn

FPA Technical Notesheet No. 5 - Identification and management of treeferns
Gahnia grandis Cutting grass
Gleichenia dicarpa Pouched coralfern
Gleichenia microphylla Scrambling coralfern
Gymnoschoenus sphaerocephalus Buttongrass
Lomatia tinctori Guitar plant
Microsorum pustulatum Kangaroo fern
Nothofagus cunninghamii
Myrtle beech
Polystichum proliferum Mother shield fern
Rumohra adiantiformis Leathery shieldfern
Sphagnum moss
(S. cristatum, S. australe, & S. subsecundum)
Sphagnum Moss
Sticherus tener Silky fanfern
Sticherus urceolatus Umbrella fanfern
Tasmannia lanceolata Mountain pepper
Telopea truncata Tasmanian waratah
Xanthorrhoea australis Southern grasstree

National Grass Tree Harvest Guidelines

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