The National Reserve System is Australia's network of protected areas, conserving examples of our natural landscapes and native plants and animals for future generations. Based on a scientific framework, it is the nation's natural safety net against our biggest environmental challenges.
The reserve system includes more than 9,700 protected areas covering 13.4 per cent of the country - over 103 million hectares. It is made up of Commonwealth, state and territory reserves, Indigenous lands and protected areas run by non-profit conservation organisations, through to ecosystems protected by farmers on their private working properties.
About the National Reserve System
The National Reserve System is underpinned by a scientific framework.
Funding and getting involved
The National Reserve System is one of the world's great conservation partnerships. Under Caring for our Country, the Australian Government committed $180 million to build the National Reserve System over the five years to 2013.