Nature Conservation Act 2014

On 27 November 2014 the Nature Conservation Act 2014 (NC Act) was passed by the ACT Legislative Assembly. The NC Act commenced on 11 June 2015 and can be viewed at:

The Nature Conservation Act 2014 is the chief legislation for the protection of native plants and animals in the ACT and for the management of the conservation reserve network.

The Act protects native plants and animals, and provides management authority for conservation lands. It provides the legal underpinning of nature conservation policy, management and action across the Territory.

Nature Conservation Amendment Act 2016

On 07 June 2016 the Nature Conservation Amendment Act was passed by the Legislative Assembly.

The amendments enable greater consistency across states, territories and the Commonwealth in listing of threatened species and ecosystems, whereby:

Nationally threatened species will be listed as either extinct, extinct in the wild, critically endangered, endangered, or vulnerable. Species in the ACT that are threatened on a national scale including the Grassland Earless Dragon, the Striped Legless Lizard, and Pink-tailed Worm Lizard.

Regionally threatened species, that may not be threatened nationally but have undergone a significant decline within the ACT region, may be listed as regionally threatened. A Conservation Dependent category provides for species that are reintroduced into the ACT.

A Common Assessment Methodology (criteria, categories, thresholds and definitions from the International Union for Conservation of Nature Red List) will be applied. As well as consistency this will promote stronger collaboration and efficiencies across jurisdictions in assessing species for listing.

The amendments continue the ACT Government’s ongoing reform to harmonise and simplify environmental regulation while maintaining environmental protection.

For more information contact: Access Canberra 13 22 81 or email

A Questions and Answers Fact Sheet on the following key elements of the Act is available here:

The NC Act has benefitted from input from a wide range of community organisations, stakeholders and interest groups.

Consultation on the Nature Conservation Bill

Native species conservation plans

The Conservator of Flora and Fauna has prepared a Native Species Conservation Plan for Murray Cod (Maccullochella peelii). The plan will provide for the protection and appropriate management of the Murray Cod through management objectives and actions intended to maintain the sustainable recreational fishing of Murray Cod and conserve wild populations in the ACT.