New vegetation management laws currently before parliament

On 17 March 2016, the government introduced the Vegetation Management (Reinstatement) and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2016 (Reinstatement Bill) which proposes to reinstate responsible vegetation management laws for Queensland.

The Reinstatement Bill is currently being considered through the parliamentary committee process and it is anticipated they will report back to parliament by 30 June 2016.

If the Reinstatement Bill is passed in its current form, some changes to the vegetation management framework will be effective from the date the Bill was introduced (17 March 2016).

If you intend to undertake any of the following activities between 17 March 2016 and when the Bill commences, it is recommended that you contact us on 135 VEG (13 58 34) first to ensure your activities are lawful:

About the Bill

The Reinstatement Bill intends to protect the health of the Great Barrier Reef and reduce carbon emissions by:

  • reinstating the protection of high-value regrowth on freehold and Indigenous land (category C)
  • removing provisions permitting clearing for high-value agriculture and irrigated high-value agriculture
  • broadening protection of regrowth vegetation in watercourse areas (category R) to cover all Great Barrier Reef catchments
  • reinstating compliance provisions
  • reinstating provisions in the Water Act 2000 to regulate against the destruction of vegetation in a watercourse under a riverine protection permit
  • amending the Environmental Offsets Act 2014 in relation to determining impacts and Commonwealth offsets.

To see how the changes proposed in the Bill may affect your property, you can request aproperty report or a vegetation map.

More detail of the Reinstatement Bill will be provided once a decision has been reached by parliament.

Other clearing activities

If you are intending to undertake vegetation clearing activities under an existingdevelopment approval, self-assessable vegetation clearing code or PMAV, granted before 17 March 2016, the proposed changes to vegetation management laws will not affect you.

Applications for all other clearing activities under the Vegetation Management Act 1999and Sustainable Planning Act 2009 are not affected by the proposed changes.