Private protected areas
The Nature Refuges Program
Gain recognition for sustainable land management practices, now and into the future
The Nature Refuges Program forms part of the Queensland Government’s commitment to ‘Investing in our Environment for the Future’—partnering with landholders to protect land for conservation. Through the program, landholders can play an integral role in protecting the state's biodiversity by establishing a nature refuge on their property. A nature refuge is an area of land voluntarily protected for conservation, while allowing compatible and sustainable land uses to continue. A nature refuge is negotiated through a legally binding, perpetual nature refuge agreement between the landholder and the State. Read more about the Nature Refuges Program.
Projects that help manage conservation values
The NatureAssist program invests in projects that protect significant conservation values in areas identified as important for landscape resilience to a changing climate—in partnership with targeted landholders. A number of priority areas across Queensland have been selected for investment. Read more about NatureAssist.
Nature Refuge Landholder Grant
The Nature Refuge Landholder Grant (NRLG) provides financial assistance to existing nature refuge landholders with a nature refuge agreement with the department. The grant will support landholders, within their Nature Refuge, to undertake projects that will protect and enhance the significant values outlined in their Nature Refuge Agreement. Read more about Nature Refuge Landholder Grants.
Koala Nature Refuges Program
The Koala Nature Refuges Program provides opportunities for eligible landholders in South East Queensland to partner with the Queensland Government for a koala habitat restoration project on their land. Read more about the Koala Nature Refuges Program.