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Bush Heritage Australia

Category: Organisation
Sub Category:Incorporated Association
State/Country:Victoria, Australia

Bush Heritage Australia owns 39 reserves covering 1.2 million hectares. This includes 10 reserves in Queensland, 6 in New South Wales, 2 in South Australia, 7 in Victoria, 9 in Western Australia and 3 in Tasmania.

Legal Status:

BHA was registered as an Australian Public Company from 1 July 2000. It was registered with the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission on 3 December 2012.

Legal Reference: ABN (Australian Business Number): 78 053 639 115
Subject Matter:Land Use
Summary Information:

Bush Heritage Australia (BHA) is an independent not-for-profit organisation which buys and manages land and partners with Indigenous people and the agricultural sector to conserve native land.

Detailed Information:


The way BHA work is informed by the following agreed values:

  • Conservation
  • Collaboration
  • Community
  • Culture
  • Safety

What BHA does

The BHA works across 11.3 million hectares of land. They protect threatened ecosystems and 6,746 species of plants and animals. They also work in partnership with 11 Aboriginal groups on their land and sea Country, and with 14 Traditional Owner groups on the BHA's reserves to deliver conservation and socio-economic outcomes. BHA also collaborates with private landholders, communities and other conservation groups across Australia.

BHA's main projects:

Buying land

BHA owns properties that have been bought, gifted or bequeated to them. In March 2022, BHA owns 39 reserves, with the aim of preserving biodiversity or threatened species and help maintaining a functional natural landscape. They also work in partnership with Aboriginal groups and other landowners to plan and deliver conservation work.

Conservation science

Ecologists and field staff work closely with partners, other researchers and Traditional Owners to build and share knowledge, skills and capacity to undertake on-ground conservation work. 

Landscape management

BHA monitors how their on-ground work impacts ecosystems to understand the relationship between management actions and the benefits. The includes focuses on fire management, weeds, fencing, protecting waterways and soil erosion.

Supporting species

BHA provides a healthy habitat for at least 6746 native species, including 228 threatened species.

Related Entries

  • Coulthard v State of South Australia (Adnyamathanha, Ngadjuri and Wilyakali Overlap Claim) [2018] FCA 1993 - Respondent
  • Sailor on behalf of the Wangkamahdla People v The State of Queensland [2021] FCA 790 - Respondent

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