History of native vegetation policies

2001 Native Vegetation Framework

The National framework for the management and monitoring of Australia's native vegetation (2001 Native Vegetation Framework or 2001 NVF) outlined a coordinated national approach to native vegetation management. This Framework was a joint initiative of the Australian Government and most state and territory governments, and was designed to provide a mechanism through which the native vegetation management commitments of these governments can be progressed.

Native Snowgum forest. Photo Joseph Lafferty

Native Snowgum forest. Photo Joseph Lafferty

2008 Review of the Native Vegetation Framework

In 2008, the then Natural Resource Management Ministerial Council (NRMMC) confirmed the importance of the Native Vegetation Framework as the national policy document for achieving a reversal in the long-term decline of Australia’s native vegetation and an improvement in the condition of existing native vegetation. The review of the Native Vegetation Framework led to the development of the 2012 Native Vegetation Framework.

2012 Native Vegetation Framework

In 2012 the then COAG Standing Council on Environment and Water, represented by Ministers from state and territory governments and the Australian Government developed and endorsed Australia's Native Vegetation Framework (2012 NVF).

The 2012 NVF was developed to maintain or build healthier and more connected native vegetation. The framework is a strategic document with five goals to guide government, the community and the private sector in vegetation management across Australia

The five goals are:

  1. Increase the national extent and connectivity of native vegetation
  2. Maintain and improve the condition and function of native vegetation
  3. Maximise the native vegetation benefits of ecosystem service markets
  4. Build capacity to understand, value and manage native vegetation
  5. Advance the engagement and inclusion of Indigenous peoples in management of native vegetation