Review of accepted development vegetation clearing codes
Some low-risk clearing activities can be undertaken using an accepted development vegetation clearing code. The codes apply to particular vegetation categories and regional ecosystems.
We are currently conducting reviews of the codes to ensure they achieve the objectives of the Vegetation Management Act 1999.
We have commissioned independent technical reviews of the codes, based on best practice and the latest science.
You can find details of our progress below.
Codes for managing thickened vegetation and for fodder harvesting
These reviews have concluded. As a result:
- a new code for fodder harvesting came into effect from 8 March 2018
- the 5 codes for managing thickened vegetation were replaced with an interim code for managing thickened vegetation while Parliament considers changes to vegetation management laws.
Scientific assessment and review
The Queensland Herbarium (QH) provided scientific advice on the codes to address issues raised by the Cardno independent review. The QH advice was then reviewed by the CSIRO.
CSIRO supported the conclusions of both the QH and Cardno reports that the previous codes could lead to outcomes that are inconsistent with the purpose of Vegetation Management Act.
CSIRO recommended accepting the QH advice on the fodder harvesting code. CSIRO also concluded that while QH's recommendations were an improvement of the code for managing thickened vegetation, the required self-assessments were not a low risk.
It therefore recommended that the code for managing thickened vegetation be removed and this activity be assessed under the Planning Act 2016.
- Cardno independent review of clearing codes (PDF, 1.6MB)
- Queensland Herbarium - Science supporting revision of codes for self-assessed vegetation thinning and fodder harvesting (PDF, 1.9MB)
- CSIRO review of the Queensland Herbarium advice (PDF, 151.0KB)
Code for managing Category C regrowth
An interim code for managing Category C regrowth came into effect on 8 March 2018 to give better protection to high-value regrowth vegetation. This code will be reviewed along with all remaining codes.
All remaining codes are being reviewed in consultation with stakeholders and will be progressively rolled out during 2018.
We will be seeking feedback on the following draft codes as they are developed:
- Managing Category R regrowth vegetation
- Necessary environmental works
- Property infrastructure
- Managing encroachment
- Weed control
- Extractive industry
- Native forest practice
- Improving operational efficiency of existing agriculture
- View the existing accepted development vegetation clearing codes.
- Download a copy of the Vegetation Management Act 1999.
- Download a copy of the State Policy for Vegetation Management (PDF).
- Learn more about the proposed new vegetation management laws.
- Read about development approvals for clearing native vegetation.