A conservation covenant is a voluntary, permanent, legally-binding agreement placed on a property’s title to ensure native vegetation is protected forever. When you put agree to put a covenant on your land, it restricts certain activities that might damage native habitat, including land clearing, planting non-native plants, grazing and collecting wood.
From January 1 2024, land protected through a conservation covenant will be exempt from land tax.
Landholders with covenants are making a commitment to manage their property to make sure it provides excellent habitat. They continue to own the land and be responsible for its management.
Trust for Nature works with landholders to provide ongoing support through our Stewardship Program.
We’ll work with you to develop a specific management plan for your property that will help you decide what you need to do to maintain or improve it for wildlife.
This might include weeding, fencing or controlling introduced animals such as rabbits, deer or foxes.
You can help support this work by making a donation. Where available, we also let landholders know about financial assistance they might be eligible for. For instance, some local councils provide rate discounts on covenanted properties.