Australia’s national parks and protected areas are a legacy for all Australians. They are critical for protecting biodiversity and natural areas, and are the cornerstone of conservation efforts across Australia. They also contribute greatly to Australian society and have significant economic values. They are national icons, showcasing Australia’s unique landscapes and wildlife to the world.
National parks and protected areas are some of Australia’s most important public assets, and have widespread community support and recognition.
The National Parks Australia Council (NPAC), formed in 1975, is a national body that coordinates and represents the views of a range of State and Territory non-government organisations, with a mission to protect, promote and extend national park systems within Australia.
Member groups represent over 50,000 members and supporters across five states and the ACT, and include the Victorian National Parks Association (VNPA), National Parks Association of NSW (NPA), National Parks Association of Queensland (NPAQ), Tasmanian National Parks Association (TNPA), National Parks Association of the ACT, and the Nature Conservation Society of South Australia.
NPAC is seeking clear commitments from all political parties and all levels of government to protect the integrity and security of national parks and protected areas for future generations.
For its National Campaign 2017-2019 NPAC has commissioned 5 high level, science-based Policy Papers (below) as part of a campaign that lays out a vision for strengthening Australia’s national parks legacy and locating it in the broad Australian landscape.
NPAC is meeting with Federal politicians from all political parties to provide them with copies of its 5 Policy Papers, to discuss how they can play a vital role in protecting and developing Australia’s national parks and protected areas legacy.