Permitting Information on Commercial Use of Native Plant Species

​​​In Tasmania in certain circumstances the collection of native flora species and products for commercial purposes is regulated. Requirements may relate to the species being targeted or the tenure from which the material will be collected. 

Species specific considerations

  • Are any target species listed as endangered, vulnerable or rare under the Threatened Species Protection Act 1995?
  • ​Are any target species protected under the Living Marine Resources Management Act 1995? (seaweeds, sea grasses etc.)
  • Are treeferns (Dicksonia antarctica) to be collected?

Tenure specific considerations

On public lands and some types of private land a permit is potentially required to undertake commercial flora harvesting activities. The land management authority should be contacted for specific details.

  • Reserved lands declared under the Nature Conservation Act 2002 - the act lays out the purpose of reservation for each reserve class.
    • Requires an authority – applications for commercial harvesting can only be considered on the classes of Conservation Area, Regional Reserve and Public Reserve.
  • Non-reserved Crown land and Future Potential Production Forest (FPPF) land governed by the provisions of the Crown Lands Act 1976
    • Requires a licence
  • Public lands managed by Sustainable Timbers Tasmania and Local Governments
    • Requires permissions which may take the form of a permit subject to direction from the managing authority.
  • Other land tenures require the permission of the land owner / land manager.

Collection of plants and plant products for commercial purposes on reserved land

For more information contact:

Ecologist, Natural and Cultural Heritage Division,

Department of Primary Industries, Parks, Water & Environment,

GPO Box 44 Hobart, TAS 7001

or email: