Consultation on the Nature Conservation Bill

On 18 September, 2014 the Nature Conservation Bill 2014 was tabled in the Legislative Assembly. 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 Bill follows a review of the Nature Conservation Act 1980 that included several years’ work and input from a wide range of community organisations, stakeholders and interest groups.

The Consultation Report includes how submissions received from various consultation processes were dealt with in the Act.  Consultations included a Roundtable, chaired by the Commissioner for Sustainability and the Environment, public consultation on an exposure draft and consultation on a Discussion Paper - Review of the Nature Conservation Act 1980.  

The Regulatory Impact Statement informed development of the Bill. 


A roundtable was held on 14 April 2014 and was chaired by the Commissioner for Sustainability and the Environment.  The roundtable discussed a number of issues on the Bill, which are outlined in the Report from the Commissioner.

Public Consultation on Exposure Draft 

The exposure draft for the Nature Conservation Bill 2013 was tabled in the Legislative Assembly on 31 October 2013. Submissions received on the exposure draft are available below: 

Discussion paper - Review of the Nature Conservation Act 1980

A Discussion Paper on the review of the Act was released for public comment on 3 December 2010. To download, click here (PDF 1.8MB).

A community forum was held on Tuesday 1 February 2011. A report from this forum is available here.

The closing date for submissions was 18 February 2011 with 32 submissions received to date. These submissions can be viewed below.

  1. Frankie Seymour
  2. Friends of Aranda Bushland
  3. Land Development Agency
  4. Canberra Ornithologists Group
  5. Margaret Peachey
  6. Belconnen Community Council
  7. Ginninderra Catchment Group
  8. Friends of Grasslands
  9. Rosemary Blemings
  10. Dr Don Driscoll
  11. Ian Smith
  12. Geoffrey Dabb
  13. SEE-Change
  14. ACT Natural Resource Management Council
  15. ACT Rural Landholders Association
  16. ACT Equestrian Association
  17. Limestone Plains Group
  18. Animal Liberation ACT
  19. Birds Australia
  20. The Wilderness Society Inc.
  21. Southern ACT Catchment Group Inc.
  22. Freshford Landcare Group
  23. Watson Community Association Inc.
  24. ACT Heritage Council
  25. Friends of the Pinnacle
  26. Red Hill Regenerators Inc
  27. National Parks Association of the ACT Inc
  28. Department of Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities (Commonwealth)
  29. Conservation Council ACT Region Inc
  30. Adrian Manning and David Shorthouse
  31. Environmental Defender's Office ACT Inc
    a. ACT Flora and Fauna Committee
    b. ACT Flora and Fauna Committee


PriceWaterhouseCoopers (PwC) undertook a Review of the Roles and Functions of the Conservator of Flora and Fauna in 2011. The review’s recommendations, including a more strategic role for the Conservator of Flora and Fauna, informed the exposure draft of the Nature Conservation Bill 2013.

The first step of the Nature Conservation Act 1980 review was the appointment of Marsden and Jacob Associates (MJA) to provide advice on the form, scope, function, policy, principles and objectives of contemporary best practice nature conservation legislation. The MJA report is available to download from here (PDF 373KB).