|The New South Wales National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) is the government agency responsible for developing and maintaining the parks and reserve system, and conserving natural and cultural heritage, in the State of New South Wales, Australia. The NPWS falls within the portfolio of the New South Wales Minister for the Environment. The Director-General of the NPWS is responsible to the Minister.
The NPWS was established in 1967 to administer a fledgling system of national parks. Since then, its responsibilities have been greatly expanded and it now manages over five million hectares of parks and reserves – more than six per cent of all land in NSW. It also manages a variety of protected areas, including national parks, nature reserves, Aboriginal areas, historic sites, state recreation areas and regional parks.|