The Parks and Wildlife Commission of the Northern Territory is responsible for a comprehensive system of land and marine protected areas across the Territory - managing over 90 parks and reserves for conservation and nature based recreation and tourism. The Park and Reserve system encompasses over 45,000 square kilometres, from the arid Centre to the tropical Top End, approximately 3.5% of the Territory's land mass. Thirty two of the over 90 parks and reserves are jointly managed in partnership with Aboriginal people.
The Commission also assists the community in the protection, conservation and management of the Northern Territory's native wildlife and to protect the public and maintain confidence in relation to dangerous and problem wildlife, particularly saltwater crocodiles
The Parks and Wildlife Service is made up of five areas of management:
- Park Operations
- Conservation and Wildlife (including Crocodile Management)
- Tourism and Visitor Services
- Planning and Partnerships
What we do:
- Manage and protect parks and reserves, including visitor management and conservation management (fire, weeds and feral animals)
- Joint management to allow traditional owners and government to work together in managing national parks
- Promotion of education, recreation and tourism on parks
- Provide planning, visitor monitoring and interpretive signage programs
- Provide and encourage commercial opportunities on parks and reserves
- Work with land managers to improve biodiversity outcomes
- Regulation of the movement and commercial use of wildlife in the Northern Territory
- Development and implementation of feral animal management plans for Northern Territory wildlife
- Promote the adoption of best practice conservation techniques
- Protect the public and maintain confidence in relation to dangerous and nuisance wildlife, particularly estuarine crocodiles
- Regulate and monitor the issue and compliance of permits relating to wildlife use and trade.
(NOTE: The Service is not responsible for Kakadu National Park or Uluru Kata-Tjuta National Parks which are managed by the Commonwealth Government authority, Parks Australia - Dept of Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities).