National Reserve System
Three Mile Waterhole, Henbury Station NT
The National Reserve System is Australia's network of protected areas, conserving examples of our natural landscapes and native plants and animals for future generations. Based on a scientific framework, it is the nation's natural safety net against our biggest environmental challenges.
The reserve system includes more than 10,000 protected areas covering 16.52 per cent of the country - over 12.7 million hectares. It is made up of Commonwealth, state and territory reserves, Indigenous lands and protected areas run by non-profit conservation organisations, through to ecosystems protected by farmers on their private working properties.
About the National Reserve System
The National Reserve System is underpinned by a scientific framework.