Private protected areas

‘Private protected areas’ are internationally recognised as an important part of protected area systems, and in Queensland are formally represented by special wildlife reserves and nature refuges. Protected areas are the most significant and visible means by which Queenslanders can seek to safeguard our internationally recognised and outstanding biological diversity.

    The Private Protected Area Program

    Gain recognition for sustainable land management practices, now and into the future

    Landholders can partner with the Queensland Government through the Private Protected Area Program to establish a nature refuge on their property to protect biodiversity. 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.


    Projects that help manage conservation values

    Through the NatureAssist program the Queensland Government partners with targeted landholders, to establish new nature refuges and invest in projects that protect significant conservation values in areas identified as resilient to climate change.

    Small grants for nature refuge landholders

    Small grant programs such as the Nature Refuge Landholder Grants (NRLG) provide financial assistance to nature refuge landholders to undertake on-ground projects to protect and enhance the conservation values of their nature refuge.

    Special wildlife reserves

    The special wildlife reserve class of protected area provides a national park level of protection to private land that is targeted for its exceptional natural and/or cultural values, and is managed in a way that focuses on conserving those values. Land declared as a special wildlife reserve receives statutory protection in perpetuity from incompatible land uses such as mining, native timber harvesting and commercial grazing.