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Publications archive - The Biodiversity Toolbox


Key departmental publications, e.g. annual reports, budget papers and program guidelines are available in our online archive.

Much of the material listed on these archived web pages has been superseded, or served a particular purpose at a particular time. It may contain references to activities or policies that have no current application. Many archived documents may link to web pages that have moved or no longer exist, or may refer to other documents that are no longer available.

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This page details working examples and templates that can be used by Councils when developing biodiversity strategies, policies and programs. They are either presently in use by Councils around Australia, or have been developed as tools to assist in the effective conservation of biodiversity at a local level as part of this or other projects.

It is important to note that they represent examples and guidelines only, and should be modified and adapted to suit local conditions, circumstances and community needs.  Their use should be in the context of careful consideration of the local planning framework and context, and expert legal advice should be sought before and during the preparation of all legal documents.

Please Note: Some documents below are in PDF format. You will need to have Adobe Acrobat Reader to view the PDF files. Also note that some links will take you to documents on external sites, you will need to use your browser back button to return to this page.

Commit to change

Establish baseline position

Develop strategic approach

Implement and monitor

Management agreements with private landholders

Property management agreements

Conservation covenants

Voluntary conservation agreements

Incentives and levies

Model incentives schemes

Model levy schemes

Environmental grant schemes