Thank you for your interest on the draft Native Vegetation Regulations 2016. 

We received a total of 66 submissions (over 200 individual comments) which will inform some key changes and also some improvements to the regulations.  Please find the Consultation Report here (PDF 2.2MB).  It details the key issues that arose from the consultation, addresses the specific comments of our stakeholders, and also provides a response to larger issues deemed out of (scope of the Regulations Review.

 It is expected that the finalisation of the draft regulations will be in February 2017, with a commencement date of 1 July 2017.  

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We want to know your feedback on the draft Native Vegetation Regulations 2016 (PDF, 225KB).

What is being decided?

The rules for clearing native vegetation under the Native Vegetation Regulations 2003 have been reviewed by the Department of Environment, Water and Natural Resources in conjunction with the Native Vegetation Council and changes are now being proposed.

The proposed changes to the regulations allow for the clearance of native vegetation for activities that are routinely carried out by South Australians, such as building new homes, managing farms, upgrading or establishing new infrastructure, or making recreational trails.

The current regulations came into operation in 2003 and have been amended on various occasions since to adapt to the changing needs of the community. The current review, which commenced in October 2014, is an opportunity to consider how effectively the regulations have been working, determine the relevancy of the activities included, and whether new activities to enable reasonable clearance of native vegetation for everyday activities should be added.

Based on what we have heard from our key stakeholders through the process, the new regulations have been drafted in a way that will help you understand which activities are allowed and also detail a simplified process for seeking approvals through the addition of four distinct pathways that clearly describe the requirements to undertake the clearance of native vegetation.

It is hoped by making the regulations clearer and less complex, the right balance between the requirements of people needing to clear with the need to protect and restore the remaining native vegetation in South Australia will be found.

How can your input influence the decision?

Feedback will provide valuable input on the proposed changes to the Native Vegetation Regulations and help inform the final permitted clearance activities and how they are administered.

How will your input be used?

A report on what was heard and what changed as a result will be prepared once online consultation and consultation with targeted stakeholders has ended. This report will be made available on the DEWNR website.

Want to know more?

For any queries or to submit a response please contact us via email nvc@sa.gov.au or call 08 8303 9777. You can also find out more on the website: http://www.environment.sa.gov.au/managing-natural-resources/native-vegetation/reforms-under-way

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