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3c What are park management plans?

Management plans

The Parks and Wildlife Service has developed management plans for all of our major parks and reserves. These plans inform the public about the park and are a guide for park managers, assisting them to take good care of the parks.

Management plans for most of our national parks are available online.

Why do we need management plans?

  • to coordinate the management of a park, so that everyone is working for the same goals.
  • to protect the conservation values of the area
  • to protect the threatened species
  • to manage visitor impacts
  • to clarify what activities are permitted on the land.

What happens when a management plan is being written?

The process allows the community to have input into the management and to know what is planned.

A management plan is written by PWS staff with the help of experts. During this process, comments are requested from people in the community.

What sorts of things do management plans look at?

  • management objectives and key desired outcomes
  • summary of values: including World Heritage values, National Estate values, Nature Reserve values
  • management context: international, national, state and local, legislative matters that affect the park
  • vision for the future

Contents of a management plan

sea shells

Description of the reserve/park

  • An overview of the reserve (explains its exact location, contains a map)
  • Location, regional and global context (explains anything that is unique about the land)
  • History of the reserve or park (there may be evidence of past occupation)
  • Aboriginal values
  • European heritage, historic values
  • Geodiversity, natural landscape, climate
  • Vegetation, alien species, threatened species
  • Native fauna, alien species, threatened species (there may be special plants or animals that live there)
  • Scientific research and monitoring
  • Rehabilitation (old roads or paths maybe growing over or blocked)
  • Fire management (a plan to minimise risk or danger to nearby land, homes, people, wildlife and plants).

Visitor activities and infrastructure

national parks infrastructure

Recreation opportunities, Accommodation, aircraft activities, bicycling, boating, camping, canoeing, caving, climbing, diving, fishing, horse riding, hunting, huts and shacks, plaques and memorials, skiing, surfing, training exercises, vehicle tracks and recreational driving, visitor facilities, public safety and risk management, Commercial tourism operations; concessions, guided tours, film production

Primary production

Beekeeping, mineral exploration, grazing, aquaculture, commercial fishing, huon pine and driftwood salvage

Management of human use: zones of services and limited access

Emergency management

Search and rescue, Oil spills

Public awareness and community support

Promotion and presentation of the reserve, Information, interpretation and education, Public consultation and community involvement

Other issues

walkway along the dunes

Management arrangements, Statutory authorities, Implementation of the plan, Monitoring and evaluation, Review of the plan

Going Further

International agreements and World Heritage Sites

UNESCO This site details all current world heritage sites worldwide.

Tasmania's political and legislative framework

Department of Premier and Cabinet (Tasmania)


This site details Tasmania’s legislation, including the National Parks and Reserves Management Act 2002 and the Nature Conservation Act 2002. The types of reserved land are described in Schedule 1 of the Nature Conservation Act. The objectives for management of reserved land are presented in Schedule 1 of the National Parks and Reserves Management Act.

Managing protected areas

Department of the Environment and Heritage

This site provides a wide range of Best Practice Reports in Park Management developed by the Australian and New Zealand Environment and Conservation Council (ANZECC) Working Group on National Parks and Protected Areas Management.

Tasmanian national parks, reserves and World Heritage Areas

Department of the Environment and Heritage

This site provides information about Australian World Heritage sites including the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area.

Tasmanian Reserve Management Code of Practice 2003