National Reserve System (NRS)

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. These protected areas help sustain the living systems that provide us all with health, wealth, food, fuel, water and the vital services our lives depend on.

Covering more than 11 per cent of the continent, the National Reserve System is made up of more than 9,000 properties: national parks and reserves managed by all levels of government, Indigenous lands and protected areas run by non-profit conservation organisations, through to ecosystems formally managed for conservation by farmers as part of their working properties.