Minister: Minister for Agriculture and Fisheries and Minister for Rural Economic Development
Agency: Department of Agriculture and Fisheries

Minister: Minister for Environment and Heritage Protection and Minister for National Parks and the Great Barrier Reef
Agencies: Department of Environment and Heritage Protection, Department of National Parks, Sport and Racing


Nature Conservation Act 1992 No. 20

Table of Reprints

Effective Date Publication Date Amendments Included Notes
19 December 1994 23 December 1994 1994 Act No. 42
28 November 1995 21 December 1995 1995 Act No. 57
12 December 1997 17 December 1997 1997 Act No. 80
30 March 1998 09 July 1998 1998 Act No. 13
11 June 1999 19 August 1999 1999 Act No. 15
01 July 2000 04 July 2000 2000 Act No. 5
01 January 2001 09 February 2001 2000 Act No. 64
26 October 2001 26 October 2001 2000 Act No. 44
13 December 2002 2002 Act No. 72
19 December 2003 2003 Act No. 96
16 April 2004 2003 Act No. 79
03 October 2004 2003 Act No. 96
12 November 2004 2004 Act No. 19
29 November 2004 2004 Act No. 53
04 December 2004 2003 Act No. 96
17 December 2004 2004 Act No. 48
31 December 2004 2004 Act No. 26
18 March 2005 2005 Act No. 8
25 June 2005 2004 Act No. 14(amd 2004 Act No. 48)
18 November 2005 2005 Act No. 53
02 December 2005 2005 Act No. 42
30 March 2006 2006 Act No. 11
01 April 2006

prov exp 31 March 2006

10 November 2006 2006 Act No. 47
07 December 2006 2006 Act No. 59
29 August 2007 2007 Act No. 36
02 November 2007 2007 Act No. 48
09 November 2007 2007 Act No. 56
01 January 2009 2008 Act No. 52
23 February 2009 2009 Act No. 3
01 December 2009 2009 Act No. 24
18 December 2009 2009 Act No. 36
23 May 2010 2010 Act No. 20
26 June 2010

prov exp 25 June 2010

04 April 2011 2011 Act No. 6
14 April 2011 2011 Act No. 11
05 May 2011 2011 Act No. 3
09 September 2011 2011 Act No. 26
02 December 2011 2010 Act No. 52
02 March 2012 2010 Act No. 31
02 December 2012 2010 Act No. 522012 Act No. 23
29 April 2013 2013 Act No. 18
23 May 2013 2013 Act No. 24
30 June 2013 2013 Act No. 18
29 October 2013 2011 Act No. 31
07 November 2013 2013 Act No. 55
24 November 2013

prov exp 23 November 2013

28 March 2014 2013 Act No. 55
31 March 2014 2013 Act No. 50

See 31 March 2014—revised version uploaded 3 June 2014 at 2:00pm AEST

01 July 2014 2014 Act No. 292014 Act No. 33

RA s 44A

01 October 2014 2014 Act No. 40

RA s 44A

19 December 2014 2014 Act No. 59
01 January 2015 2014 Act No. 45
29 March 2015

prov exp 28 March 2015 RA ss 26(2), 35

02 July 2015 14 June 2016

prov exp 1 July 2015

25 May 2016 20 June 2016 2016 Act No. 22
01 July 2016 12 May 2017 2015 Act No. 52016 Act No. 22
03 July 2017 15 January 2018 2016 Act No. 27

List of Legislation

Nature Conservation Act 1992 No. 20

date of assent 22 May 1992

pts 1–3, pt 4 div 1, pt 5 div 1, ss 111, 113–119 and 132 commenced on date of assent

pt 4 divs 4, 7–8 and s 134 commenced 12 February 1993 (1993 SL No. 26 )

pt 5 div 2 commenced 2 September 1994 (1994 SL No. 326 )

prev s 159sch 2 (amendments of the Act s Interpretation Act 1954) commenced 1 July 1992 (1992 SL No. 159 )

pts 6, 9 and 11, ss 127, 130–131, 133, 136, 140–142, 160–168, 172–173, prev s 159sch 2 (amendments 2–4 of the Land Act 1962) commenced 14 May 1994 (1994 SL No. 151 )

s 164A commenced 14 October 1994 (1994 SL No. 362 )

s 93not yet proclaimed into force (see s 2)

remaining provisions commenced 19 December 1994 (1994 SL No. 472 )

Amending legislation

Wet Tropics World Heritage Protection and Management Act 1993 No. 50 ss 1–2, 86 sch 3

date of assent 30 September 1993

ss 1–2 commenced on date of assent

remaining provisions commenced 1 November 1993 (1993 SL No. 396 )

Fisheries Act 1994 No. 37 ss 1–2, 244 sch 2

date of assent 08 September 1994

ss 1–2 commenced on date of assent

remaining provisions commenced 27 January 1995 (1994 SL No. 9 )

Nature Conservation Amendment Act 1994 No. 42

date of assent 14 September 1994

commenced on date of assent

Land Act 1994 No. 81 ss 1–2, 527 sch 5

date of assent 01 December 1994

ss 1–2 commenced on date of assent

remaining provisions commenced 1 July 1995 (1995 SL No. 185 )

Environmental Legislation Amendment Act 1995 No. 40 pts 1, 4

date of assent 27 October 1995

commenced on date of assent

Statute Law Revision Act 1995 No. 57 ss 1–2, 4 sch 1

date of assent 28 November 1995

commenced on date of assent

Nature Conservation Amendment Act 1997 No. 8

date of assent 15 May 1997

ss 1–2 commenced on date of assent

remaining provisions commenced 12 December 1997 (1997 SL No. 433 )

Environmental and Other Legislation Amendment Act 1997 No. 80 pts 1, 4

date of assent 05 December 1997

ss 1–2 commenced on date of assent

remaining provisions commenced 12 December 1997 (1997 SL No. 432 )

Building and Integrated Planning Amendment Act 1998 No. 13 ss 1, 2(3), 191 sch

date of assent 23 March 1998

ss 1–2 commenced on date of assent

remaining provisions commenced 30 March 1998 (1998 SL No. 55)

Explosives Act 1999 No. 15 ss 1–2, 137 sch 1

date of assent 22 April 1999

ss 1–2 commenced on date of assent

remaining provisions commenced 11 June 1999 (1999 SL No. 108 )

Police Powers and Responsibilities Act 2000 No. 5 ss 1–2, 373 sch 3

date of assent 23 March 2000

ss 1–2, 373 commenced on date of assent (see s 2(2))

remaining provisions commenced 1 July 2000 (see s 2(1), (3) and 2000 SL No. 174 )

Nature Conservation and Other Legislation Amendment Act 2000 No. 44 pts 1–2 ss 3(2), 42 sch

date of assent 25 October 2000

ss 1–2 commenced on date of assent

s 25 (to the extent it inserts pt 4A div 6) commenced 26 October 2001 (automatic commencement under AIA s 15DA(2))

remaining provisions commenced on date of assent

Environmental Protection and Other Legislation Amendment Act 2000 No. 64 ss 1, 2(2), pt 5

date of assent 24 November 2000

ss 1–2 commenced on date of assent

remaining provisions commenced 1 January 2001 (2000 SL No. 350 )

Environmental Legislation Amendment Act 2002 No. 72 s 1, pt 5

date of assent 13 December 2002

commenced on date of assent

Aboriginal Cultural Heritage Act 2003 No. 79 ss 1–2, 170 sch 1

date of assent 06 November 2003

ss 1–2 commenced on date of assent

remaining provisions commenced 16 April 2004 (2004 SL No. 36 )

Environmental Legislation Amendment Act 2003 No. 96 pts 1, 3, s 28 sch

date of assent 03 December 2003

ss 1–2 commenced on date of assent

pt 3 hdg, ss 16–17, 21, 23, 25 (other than s 25(2) to the extent it ins the def service facility and s 25(3)), 28 commenced 19 December 2003 (2003 SL No. 363 )

sch (other than item 5) commenced 3 October 2004 (2004 SL No. 206 )

remaining provisions commenced 4 December 2004 (automatic commencement under AIA s 15DA(2))

Nature Conservation Amendment Act 2004 No. 14 (this Act is amended, see amending legislation below)

date of assent 24 June 2004

ss 1, 3 commenced on date of assent

remaining provisions commenced 25 June 2005 (automatic commencement under AIA s 15DA(2))

Amending legislation

Environmental Protection and Other Legislation Amendment Act 2004 No. 48 pts 1, 10 (amends 2004 No. 14 above)

date of assent 18 November 2004

ss 1–2 commenced on date of assent

remaining provisions commenced 17 December 2004 (2004 SL No. 315 )

Biodiscovery Act 2004 No. 19 ss 1–2, 134–135

date of assent 24 August 2004

ss 1–2 commenced on date of assent

remaining provisions commenced 12 November 2004 (2004 SL No. 244 )

Petroleum and Other Legislation Amendment Act 2004 No. 26 ss 1, 2(2), pt 6

date of assent 12 October 2004

ss 1–2 commenced on date of assent

remaining provisions commenced 31 December 2004 (see s 2(2) and 2004 SL No. 308 )

Environmental Protection and Other Legislation Amendment Act 2004 No. 48 pts 1, 9

date of assent 18 November 2004

ss 1–2 commenced on date of assent

remaining provisions commenced 17 December 2004 (2004 SL No. 315 )

Statute Law (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 2004 No. 53

date of assent 29 November 2004

commenced on date of assent

Mineral Resources and Other Legislation Amendment Act 2005 No. 8 pts 1, 8

date of assent 18 March 2005

commenced on date of assent

Wild Rivers Act 2005 No. 42 ss 1–2, 52 sch 1

date of assent 14 October 2005

ss 1–2 commenced on date of assent

remaining provisions commenced 2 December 2005 (2005 SL No. 287 )

Environmental Protection and Other Legislation Amendment Act 2005 No. 53 s 1, pt 9, s 159 sch

date of assent 18 November 2005

commenced on date of assent

Integrated Planning and Other Legislation Amendment Act 2006 No. 11 s 1, pt 9

date of assent 30 March 2006

commenced on date of assent

Nature Conservation Amendment Act 2006 No. 47

date of assent 10 November 2006

commenced on date of assent

Wild Rivers and Other Legislation Amendment Act 2006 No. 59 ss 1, 85 sch

date of assent 07 December 2006

commenced on date of assent

Statute Law (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 2007 No. 36

date of assent 29 August 2007

commenced on date of assent

Cape York Peninsula Heritage Act 2007 No. 48 ss 1–2, pt 7 div 3

date of assent 25 October 2007

ss 1–2 commenced on date of assent

remaining provisions commenced 2 November 2007 (2007 SL No. 270 )

Environmental Protection and Other Legislation Amendment Act 2007 No. 56 s 1, pt 4

date of assent 09 November 2007

commenced on date of assent

Environmental Protection and Other Legislation Amendment Act (No. 2) 2008 No. 52 pts 1, 6

date of assent 23 October 2008

ss 1–2 commenced on date of assent

remaining provisions commenced 1 January 2009 (2008 SL No. 388 )

Greenhouse Gas Storage Act 2009 No. 3 s 1, ch 9 pt 18

date of assent 23 February 2009

commenced on date of assent

Queensland Civil and Administrative Tribunal (Jurisdiction Provisions) Amendment Act 2009 No. 24 ss 1–2, ch 6 pt 4

date of assent 26 June 2009

ss 1–2 commenced on date of assent

remaining provisions commenced 1 December 2009 (2009 SL No. 252 )

Sustainable Planning Act 2009 No. 36 ss 1–2, 872 sch 2

date of assent 22 September 2009

ss 1–2 commenced on date of assent

remaining provisions commenced 18 December 2009 (2009 SL No. 281 )

South-East Queensland Water (Distribution and Retail Restructuring) and Other Legislation Amendment Act 2010 No. 20 s 1, pt 4A

date of assent 23 May 2010

commenced on date of assent

Geothermal Energy Act 2010 No. 31 ss 1–2(1), 585 sch 2 pt 4

date of assent 01 September 2010

ss 1–2 commenced on date of assent

remaining provisions commenced 2 March 2012 (automatic commencement under AIA s 15DA(2) (2011 SL No. 156 s 2))

Natural Resources and Other Legislation Amendment Act (No. 2) 2010 No. 52 pts 1, 8

date of assent 01 December 2010

ss 1–2 commenced on date of assent

s 34(1) (to the extent it ins new s 89(1)(e)), 34(2) (to the extent it ins defs concurrence agency policy, development approval, regional vegetation management code commenced 2 December 2012 (automatic commencement under AIA s 15DA(2) (2011 SL No. 244 s 2))

remaining provisions commenced 2 December 2011 (automatic commencement under AIA s 15DA(2))

Environmental Protection and Other Acts Amendment Act 2011 No. 3 pts 1, 4

date of assent 04 April 2011

ss 1–2 commenced on date of assent

remaining provisions commenced 5 May 2011 (2011 SL No. 49 )

Environmental Protection and Other Legislation Amendment Act 2011 No. 6 s 1, pt 6, s 142 sch

date of assent 04 April 2011

commenced on date of assent

North Stradbroke Island Protection and Sustainability Act 2011 No. 11 s 1, pt 4 div 2

date of assent 14 April 2011

commenced on date of assent

Aboriginal Land and Torres Strait Islander Land and Other Legislation Amendment Act 2011 No. 26 pts 1, 7, s 189 sch

date of assent 29 August 2011

ss 1–2 commenced on date of assent

s 189 sch amdts 2–8, 11 commenced 9 September 2011 (2011 SL No. 173 ) (amdts could not be given effect)

remaining provisions commenced 9 September 2011 (2011 SL No. 173 )

Waste Reduction and Recycling Act 2011 No. 31 ss 1–2(2), ch 16 pt 7

date of assent 28 October 2011

ss 1–2 commenced on date of assent

remaining provisions commenced 29 October 2013 (automatic commencement under AIA s 15DA(2) (2012 SL No. 183 s 2))

Animal Care and Protection and Other Legislation Amendment Act 2012 No. 23 pts 1, 5

date of assent 21 September 2012

commenced on date of assent

Nature Conservation and Other Legislation Amendment Act 2013 No. 18 pts 1, 4

date of assent 29 April 2013

ss 1–2 commenced on date of assent

ss 8, 11, 13 and 17 (to the extent it ins def ecotourism facility) commenced 30 June 2013 (2013 SL No. 106 )

remaining provisions commenced on date of assent

Vegetation Management Framework Amendment Act 2013 No. 24 s 1, pt 3A

date of assent 23 May 2013

commenced on date of assent

Nature Conservation (Protected Plants) and Other Legislation Amendment Act 2013 No. 50 pts 1–2

date of assent 29 October 2013

ss 1–2 commenced on date of assent

s 4(1)–(3) commenced 31 March 2014 (2014 SL No. 31 ) (amdts could not be given effect)

remaining provisions commenced 31 March 2014 (2014 SL No. 31 )

Nature Conservation and Other Legislation Amendment Act (No. 2) 2013 No. 55 ss 1–2, pt 2 div 5, pt 3 div 8, pt 4 div 2, s 175 sch 1 pts 1, 3

date of assent 07 November 2013

ss 1–2, pt 2 div 5, sch 1 pt 1 commenced on date of assent

pt 3 div 8 commenced 28 March 2014 (2014 SL No. 34 )

pt 4 div 2, s 175 sch 1 pt 3 never commenced and om 2015 Act No. 15 ss 95–96

Land and Other Legislation Amendment Act 2014 No. 29 ss 1, 2(c), pt 8

date of assent 28 May 2014

ss 1–2 commenced on date of assent

remaining provisions commenced 1 July 2014 (2014 SL No. 116 )

Environmental Offsets Act 2014 No. 33 pts 1, 21

date of assent 28 May 2014

ss 12 commenced on date of assent

remaining provisions commenced 1 July 2014 (2014 SL No. 144 )

State Development, Infrastructure and Planning (Red Tape Reduction) and Other Legislation Amendment Act 2014 No. 40 ss 1–2, 154 sch 1 pt 2

date of assent 15 August 2014

ss 1–2 commenced on date of assent

remaining provisions commenced 1 October 2014 (2014 SL No. 209 )

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Land (Providing Freehold) and Other Legislation Amendment Act 2014 No. 45 ss 1–2(1), 58 sch 1 pt 1

date of assent 05 September 2014

ss 1–2 commenced on date of assent

remaining provisions commenced 1 January 2015 (see s 2(1))

Environmental Protection and Other Legislation Amendment Act 2014 No. 59 ss 1, 2(b), pt 6

date of assent 07 November 2014

ss 1–2 commenced on date of assent

remaining provisions commenced 19 December 2014 (2014 SL No. 302 )

Exhibited Animals Act 2015 No. 5 chs 1 pt 1, 10 pt 2 div 2

date of assent 11 June 2015

ss 1–2 commenced on date of assent

remaining provisions commenced 1 July 2016) (see s 2(1)–(2))

Nature Conservation and Other Legislation Amendment Act 2016 No. 22

date of assent 25 May 2016

pt 1, ss 3–5, 27, 27A, 29, pts 3, 5, 6, 7 comm on date of assent

pt 2 (other than ss 3–5, 27, 27A and 29, s 48sch 1 comm 1 July 2016 (see s 2)

Planning (Consequential) and Other Legislation Amendment Act 2016 No. 27

date of assent 25 May 2016

ss 1–2 comm on date of assent

pts 2–69 comm 3 July 2017 (automatic commencement under AIA s 15DA(2))

Nature Conservation (Special Wildlife Reserves) and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2018

Table of renumbered provisions

under the Reprints Act 1992 s 43 as required by the Nature Conservation Act 1992 s 172

Previous

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15(1)(b)(i)

15(1)(b)(iii)

15(1)(b)(ii)

15(1)(b)(iv)

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29(3)

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