Conservation covenants are voluntary agreements made between a landholder and an authorised body (such as a state government or revolving fund) that aims to protect and enhance the natural, cultural and scientific values of a piece of land. They can apply to all or part of a property and are usually registered on the title of the land and remain in-perpetuity.
A significant proportion (approximately 30%) of Australian Wildlife Land Trust members have various permanently binding conservation covenants in place, and within New South Wales the WLT has a unique Memorandum of Understanding with the NSW Office of Environment and Heritage that allows WLT staff to assess and prepare Voluntary Conservation Agreements for interested and eligible sanctuaries. Several WLT sanctuaries are currently having Voluntary Conservation Agreements progressed through this process.
The Wildlife Land Trust works closely with revolving funds that deliver conservation covenants around Australia, in particular:
A Guide to Private Conservation in NSW - Environmental Defender's Office NSW.
The Environmental Defender's Office NSW has summarised the various covenants available to landholders in the State. This includes information on covenant type, legislation, covenant scheme providers, eligible land, protection, changing or removing the covenant, and tax benefits. To download the guide, click here.
- The Federal Government brochure Covenants for Conservation provides information and contact details on covenant schemes throughout Australia, assistance for landholders and tax arrangements.
- Further information about permanently protecting the natural or cultural values on your land can be found in the booklet Gifts that keep on giving: A landholder's guide to land protection and conservation options.
- There are a number of conservation incentive programs facilitated by local, state and federal government, and the not-for-profit sector. Click here for an index of these programs.
- Information on covenanting programs that are approved for the purposes of income tax concessions is available here.