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Private native forestry property vegetation plan minor variations

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On 25 August 2017, new legislative arrangements commenced for private native forestry. It should be noted that some references on the EPAs website and any publications may now be outdated. These documents will be progressively updated by the EPA to ensure current legislative arrangements are reflected. More detail about the changes are available.

Clause 23 of the Native Vegetation Regulation 2013 includes a provision that allows private native forestry property vegetation plans (PNF PVPs) to be varied by an accredited expert. Minor variations can only be applied for if more than 10% of the PNF PVP area is restricted from forestry operations.

The Native Vegetation Regulation 2013 also includes a provision for an expert accredited by the Minister for the Environment to vary a PNF PVP provided that the variation will improve or maintain environmental outcomes (clause 23).  

Accredited experts are approved by the Minister and are required to achieve a national competency standard (RTD5501A Assess applications for legislative compliance). This competency standard covers the assessment of applications for legislative compliance relating to changes in land use or management. It requires the ability to prepare for assessment, collect site evidence and compile a final report.

The current criteria can be made available by emailing


Page last updated: 04 September 2017