Land for Wildlife is a voluntary wildlife conservation program. If you wish to create or protect wildlife habitats on your property, then the Land for Wildlife scheme can offer you advice and assistance no matter whether you manage a farm, a bush block, a council park or school ground.

Landholder participation is free. Membership doesn’t alter the legal status of your property in any way.

Over 12,500 people make a significant contribution to native biodiversity conversation through their combined membership  with Land for Wildlife. They are actively involved in protecting habitat or restoring habitats on their own land. In 2016, 5000 properties (more than 530,000ha of private land) were participating throughout Victoria.  Ecosystems and habitats being managed include forests, woodlands, heaths, grasslands and freshwater environments.

How wildlife habitat can benefit your property

  • help manage erosion
  • assist with salinity control
  • control pests naturally
  • nurture biodiversity for sustainable agriculture
  • provide links between nature reserves, allowing for wildlife movement and genetic interchange

Wildlife habitat can contribute to the survival of plants and animals that are dependent on the habitats that once occupied the fertile areas now largely used for agriculture.  Remnant native vegetation is especially important.

Most importantly, you can demonstrate your commitment to maintaining our native plants and animals so that they continue to characterise our environment.  Every bit of cared-for habitat counts.

Membership benefits

Land for Wildlife can offer you advice on:

  • integrating wildlife habitat with other uses of private land to mutual benefit
  • managing wildlife habitat, the fauna in an area, its ecological role and its needs
  • other forms of assistance or incentives that are available

Further benefits include:

  • contact with like-minded landholders and a chance to share ideas and experiences through the scheme's publications, at field days and other activities
  • written information in the form of regular newsletters and a more detailed Notes series
  • a Land for Wildlife sign is provided free of charge to acknowledge the efforts being made for wildlife conservation

Land for Wildlife can go hand in hand with other land management schemes such as Landcare.

Consider fencing and revegetating an eroding stream bank with local native vegetation.  The river frontage is protected from erosion, plants are protected from pests by wildlife, the landscape is improved, shelter is provided for livestock, native fauna adds to the interest of the area and it may provide a relaxing fishing or picnic spot.

“Most members are enthusiasts when it comes to nature conservation, believing it is their own responsibility to take action, and that people should take more action.”
Land for Wildlife survey, 2010

Land for Wildlife membership

Free. There are no fees. The scheme recognises the significant contribution being made by landholders.

Voluntary. Landholders make a personal commitment to the scheme. They may withdraw at any time if they wish.

Free of legal binds. Land for Wildlife status doesn't alter the legal status of a property in any way. It does not convey the right of public access (for hunting or any other purpose) nor does it mean that the area is an official wildlife sanctuary prohibiting hunting all year.

Support network. The scheme has a network of extension officers and community volunteers around the State. Each property is visited and assessed.

Inclusive. Farms, bush blocks, parks, school grounds, golf-courses, municipal reserves, cemeteries, scout and youth camps, tourist enterprises, Commonwealth land, prisons, industrial land; small and large properties, are eligible.

  1. An on-site visit to provide advice and answer questions
  2. Advice about how you can contribute to biodiversity conservation
  3. Field days, neighbourhood days, open-properties and information sessions
  4. A regular Land for Wildlife newsletter
  5. Land for Wildlife Notes with detailed information on specific topics
  6. A Land for Wildlife sign if the property is fully registered.

These services are free-of-charge. The Land for Wildlife sign remains the property of The Land for Wildlife program and is returned if the property is sold or the landholder membership finishes. A small fee, payable to the landholder, may apply for entry to private property open days.

Before being admitted to the scheme, property owners will need to demonstrate they'll manage the property for nature conservation or integrate nature conservation with other land management objectives.

The Land for Wildlife status of the property will be retained so long as these objectives are upheld.  If the property changes ownership then the new owners need to re-apply.

Land for Wildlife is responsive to the needs of landholders and recognises that each landholder will have a different capacity to participate in the scheme.

Some landholders who are already integrating nature conservation with other land management objectives qualify immediately. Other applicants can work towards registration.

Some ways of incorporating nature conservation on your property are:

  • retaining and protecting remnant vegetation
  • allowing leaf litter, fallen logs and branches to accumulate in habitat areas
  • fencing areas near native bush to allow regeneration
  • restricting livestock access to stream banks
  • fencing natural wetlands
  • leaving river snags in place for fish habitat
  • protecting dead trees with hollows
  • planting local native trees shrubs and grasses
  • constructing a wildlife dam (with an island, shallows and natural vegetation)
  • controlling pets, environmental weeds, rabbits and foxes.

Land for Wildlife was established in 1981. The Victorian Land For Wildlife program is the longest running government program providing voluntary conservation agreements with landholders in Australia. It started as a community partnership between the Victorian government and Bird Observers Club (now Birdlife Australia).

The Land For Wildlife Program has also delivered interstate around Australia since 1990, and in New Zealand (with the Royal Forest And Bird Protection Society, under a voluntary agreement with the State of Victoria since 2012).

Register your property

Complete our form and submit via post or email:

Land for Wildlife application form (PDF, 94.3 KB)
Land for Wildlife application form (DOC, 196.0 KB)

Peter Johnson
Land for Wildlife Coordinator
Department of Environment Land, Water  and Planning
Box 3100, Bendigo Delivery Centre
BENDIGO VIC 3554
peter.johnson@delwp.vic.gov.au

A Land for Wildlife officer will contact you after we receive your application. We'll arrange for a meeting to discuss your plans.  Subject to a favourable assessment, your property will be entered on the Land for Wildlife register.  If you do not qualify at this time, you may wish to work toward registration with our help.

Contacts

RegionContact Postal address
Statewide Coordinator Peter Johnson
peter.johnson@delwp.vic.gov.au
(03) 5430 4358, direct extn 214506
Box 3100
Bendigo Delivery Centre
BENDIGO 3554
Bairnsdale & Orbost Faye Bedford
faye.bedford@delwp.vic.gov.au
(03) 5152 0400, direct extn 214196
574 Main Street
BAIRNSDALE 3875
Yarram & Central Gippsland Kylie Singleton
kylie.singleton@delwp.vic.gov.au
(03) 5172 2123, direct extn 219284 
71 Hotham Street
TRARALGON 3844
Benalla and Alexandra Dave Smith
dave.smith@delwp.vic.gov.au
(03) 5772 0264, direct extn 214020 
46 Aitken Street
ALEXANDRA  3714
Wangaratta, Wodonga and Yarrawonga Dave Smith
dave.smith@delwp.vic.gov.au
(03) 5761 1514, direct extn 214480 
89 Sydney Rd
BENALLA 3672
North West, including Bendigo, Swan Hill, Mildura, Echuca, Castlemaine, Macedon, Geelong, Portland and Hamilton Peter Johnson
peter.johnson@delwp.vic.gov.au
(03) 5430 4358, direct extn 214506
Box 3100
Bendigo Delivery Centre
BENDIGO 3554
Port Phillip area Peter Johnson
peter.johnson@delwp.vic.gov.au
(03) 5430 4358, direct extn 214506
Box 3100
Bendigo Delivery Centre
BENDIGO 3554
Ballarat Elspeth Swan
elspeth.swan@delwp.vic.gov.au
(03) 5336 6856, direct extn 214250 or 0409 022 243 
402-406 Mair Street
BALLARAT 3350
Horsham Felicity Christian
felicity.christian@delwp.vic.gov.au
(03) 5362 0753, direct extn 216515 
Private Bag 260
HORSHAM 3400

Download and print a copy of our contact list:

Land for wildlife contact list (PDF, 254.9 KB)
Land for wildlife contact list (DOC, 43.0 KB)

Do something positive for yourself, your family and your property by doing something positive for wildlife.