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Lands owned or managed by the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions
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Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions

The Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions (DBCA) owns and manages freehold land and pastoral leases for conservation and recreation purposes. The department can manage these lands solely or jointly with other parties.


The Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions (DBCA) manages lands and waters throughout WA to conserve ecosystems and species, and to provide for recreation and appreciation of the natural environment. Some of DBCA's onground management responsibilities include the protection and management of native plants, animals and ecosystems; fire management and preparedness on DBCA managed lands; sustainable management and protection of natural resources; and the acquisition, development and management of areas for recreation and nature appreciation.   

DBCA manages Crown, freehold and pastoral lease lands jointly with other organisations under the former s16, s16A and s33(2) of the CALM Act, and under s8A of the CALM Act. Agreements to manage land under the former s16, s16A and s33(2) of the CALM Act remain in force until amended or cancelled.

DBCA's Good Neighbour policy provides guidance on management issues relating to lands that abut DBCA estate. Some of these issues include fencing and illegal access, fire management, control of weeds, control of introduced pest animals, control of native species and straying stock. In some instances a notification on title is placed on those lands that abut DBCA estate, to advise the adjacent landholder of potential DBCA management implications such as prescribed burning or 1080 baiting. Access to, or through, some areas of DBCA managed lands may require a permit or could be restricted due to management activities.  

Acquisition or leasing of DBCA managed lands for commercial enterprises, mining or public infrastructure requires various legislative approvals and assessments. Proposed land use changes and development proposals that abut DBCA managed lands will ordinarily be referred to DBCA by decision making authorities i.e Shires or the Western Australian Planning Commission. If appropriate DBCA will provide comments relating to any potential impacts on DBCA managed lands, or other environmental factors relating to the Conservation and Land Management Act 1984 and Wildlife Conservation Act 1950 such as threatened fauna, threatened and priority flora, and wetlands of conservation significance.

For more information contact the Land Planning Program Coordinator (statutory and strategic planning) on 9442 0306 or the Land Services Coordinator (land tenure) on 9219 8771. Visit or email

Date updated
05/12/2019 09:26:06