Most Read Contributor in Australia, September 2016
The Vegetation Management Framework Amendment Act 2013 (the Act)
was passed by Parliament on 21 May 2013 introducing a number of
significant changes to the vegetation management framework in
As outlined in our recent article entitled "Planned changes
to the vegetation management framework", the Act aims to
simplify the mapping of vegetation and streamline assessment for
vegetation clearing generally through:
the removal of the high value regrowth vegetation regulations
from freehold and indigenous land;
the introduction of new clearing purposes under the Vegetation
Management Act 1999 to expand the range of circumstances in which
an application can be made for a development permit for vegetation
the creation of self assessable clearing codes to remove the
need for an application to be made in certain circumstances;
the introduction of a single vegetation map incorporating
information that is currently shown on various maps produced by the
Department of Natural Resources and Mines; and
locking in regulated and non-regulated vegetation to provide
landowners with greater certainty when developing long term
When will these changes come into effect?
The changes to the enforcement and compliance provisions of the
VMA commenced operation on the date of assent, being 23 May 2013.
However, the removal of the regrowth regulations, the introduction
of the new clearing purposes and the creation of the self
assessable clearing codes are not expected to come into effect
until towards the end of 2013 on a date yet to be proclaimed. Until
the balance of the changes commence operation, the current
framework will continue to apply.
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