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Natural Resources Management Act 2004.

Territorial subdivision
South Australia
Document type
2004 (2016)
Long title
An Act to promote sustainable and integrated management of the State's natural resources; to make provision for the protection of the State's natural resources; to repeal the Animal and Plant Control (Agricultural Protection and Other Purposes) Act 1986, the Soil Conservation and Land Care Act 1989 and the Water Resources Act 1997; and for other purposes.
Livestock, Environment gen., Land & soil, Cultivated plants, Water, Wild species & ecosystems
Environmental fees/charges Environmental planning Institution Ecosystem preservation Education Indigenous peoples Policy/planning Soil rehabilitation Pests/diseases Animal health Plant protection Basic legislation Freshwater resources management Freshwater pollution Allocation/quota Irrigation Sustainable development Pollution control Framework law
Geographical area
Asia and the Pacific, Australia and New Zealand, Indian Ocean, Oceania, South Pacific

The objects of this Act, consisting of 233 sections divided into twelve Chapters and completed by four Schedules, include assisting in the achievement of ecologically sustainable development in the State by establishing an integrated scheme to promote the use and management of natural resources in a manner that recognises and protects the intrinsic values of natural resources; seeks to protect biological diversity and, insofar as is reasonably practicable, to support and encourage the restoration or rehabilitation of ecological systems and processes that have been lost or degraded; provides for the protection and management of catchments and the sustainable use of land and water resources and, insofar as is reasonably practicable, seeks to enhance and restore or rehabilitate land and water resources that have been degraded; seeks to support sustainable primary and other economic production systems with particular reference to the value of agriculture and mining activities to the economy of the State; provides for the prevention or control of impacts caused by pest species of animals and plants that may have an adverse effect on the environment, primary production or the community; and promotes educational initiatives and provides support mechanisms to increase the capacity of people to be involved in the management of natural resources.

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References - Legislation


Soil Conservation and Land Care Act.

Legislation | Australia | 1989 (2003)

Keyword: Soil conservation/soil improvement, Institution, Special fund, Data collection/reporting, Environmental planning, Court/tribunal, Policy/planning


Water Resources Act 1997 (Act No. 27 of 1997).

Legislation | Australia | 1997 (2003)

Keyword: Basic legislation, Surface water, Groundwater, Waterworks, Water supply, Water abstraction, Well sinking/boreholes, Authorization/permit, Institution, Basin/catchment/watershed, Policy/planning, Water charges, Freshwater resources management, Legal proceedings/administrative proceedings, Inland waters


Animal and Plant Control (Agricultural Protection and Other Purposes) Act 1986.

Legislation | Australia | 1986 (2003)

Keyword: Agricultural development, Institution, Protected area, Environmental planning, Policy/planning


Implemented by

Natural Resources Management (General) Regulations 2005.

Legislation | Australia | 2005 (2015)

Keyword: Environmental fees/charges, Environmental planning, Freshwater pollution, Institution, Ecosystem preservation, Education, Indigenous peoples, Policy/planning, Pollution control


Natural Resources Management (Marne Saunders Prescribed Water Resources Area – Reduction of Water Access Entitlements) Regulations, 2009.

Legislation | Australia | 2009

Keyword: Water conservation zone, Well sinking/boreholes


Natural Resources Management (Peake, Roby and Sherlock Prescribed Wells Area – Reduction of Water Access Entitlements) Regulations, 2010.

Legislation | Australia | 2010

Keyword: Water conservation zone, Well sinking/boreholes


Amended by

Murray-Darling Basin Act 2008.

Legislation | Australia | 2008 (2009)

Keyword: River basin institution, Sub-national agreement, Freshwater resources management, Basin/catchment/watershed, Governance, Inland waters


Repealed by

Landscape South Australia Act 2019.

Legislation | Australia | 2019 (2020)

Keyword: Governance, Special fund, Framework law, Ecosystem preservation, Policy/planning, Soil conservation/soil improvement, Basin/catchment/watershed, Contract/agreement, Business/industry/corporations, Basic legislation, Soil pollution/quality, Soil rehabilitation, Legal proceedings/administrative proceedings, Allocation/quota, Authorization/permit, Well sinking/boreholes, Climate change, Enforcement/compliance, Concession, Court/tribunal, Traditional rights/customary rights, Environmental fees/charges, Freshwater resources management, Groundwater, Integrated management, Irrigation, Liability/compensation, Monitoring, Offences/penalties, Priorities, Protected area, Protection of environment, Right to water, River basin institution, Surface water, Sustainable development, Sustainable use, Tax/levy, Use restrictions, Water abstraction, Water charges, Water rights, Waterworks, Human rights, Inland waters, Certification, Internal trade, Plant protection, Protection of species, Quarantine, Biodiversity, Wild fauna, Wild flora