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Native plants and animals

The Biodiversity Conservation Act 2016 introduces a risk-based approach to managing wildlife interactions that delivers a more streamlined framework while continuing to protect native plants and animals.

Under the risk-based approach:

  • lower risk activities will be exempt from specified wildlife offences
  • moderate risk activities will be regulated by enforceable codes of practice
  • higher risk activities will continue to be licensed.

The Biodiversity Conservation Act gives the Minister for the Environment the power to declare areas of outstanding biodiversity value (AOBVs). AOBVs are special areas that contain irreplaceable biodiversity values that are important to the whole of NSW, Australia or globally. AOBVs will be a priority for investment in private land conservation.

The Biodiversity Conservation Act also modernises the process for listing threatened plants and animals. It aligns threat categories with international best practice and provides greater coordination between Australian jurisdictions.

Outcomes are already being delivered through a $100 million investment in the Saving our Species program to conserve threatened species in NSW.

You can also see what’s already being delivered for threatened species as part of the Saving our Species Program.