National Trust’s Bushland Management Services' (BMS) priorities are the wellbeing of our community and the protection of our natural environment. Guided by our philosophy and founding principles, we take all measures to ensure we follow best practices, continuously improve and provide a safe working environment.

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Our philosophy

BanksiaWe restore nature for the community and for future generations to enjoy.

We want to ensure that everyone can experience the natural environment and enjoy the outdoor activities that we cherish the most.

We do this by always aiming to:

  • Conserve biodiversity and restore damaged ecosystems.
  • Conserve the educational and scientific values of bushland.
  • Help provide beneficial habitats for flora and fauna, and improve the water quality that they rely upon.
  • Protect and retain remnant indigenous vegetation.
  • Regenerate where there is no potential for natural regeneration.
  • Conserve cultural heritage artifacts, both Aboriginal and European.
  • Enhance visual and landscape amenity of bushland.

Policies and commitments


We’re dedicated to making a positive and sustainable impact wherever we work – impact that will benefit future generations.

Our other environmental commitment includes:

  • The safe use of pesticides.
  • Supporting volunteers care for our environment.
  • Adopting a set of industry processes and practices, an Environmental Management System (ISO 14001:2015 certified), that enables us to reduce our environmental impact and increase operating efficiency.
  • Working closely with a technical team, our ‘Bushland Management Advisory Committee’, to ensure we’re always improving our services.
  • Ensuring all staff and regular sub-contractors are aware of the appropriate policies and procedures.
  • Complying with all applicable legal and regulatory requirements.
Health and safety

BMS is fully committed to protecting the physical and mental health of our people.

Our commitment includes:

  • Creating a safe work environment by contributing and adhering to the National Trust (NSW)’s Work Health and Safety (WH&S) Management System (AS/NZS4801:2001 certified).
  • Ensuring that there are at least two trained first aiders within each work team.
  • Ensuring all site supervisors have up-to-date first aid and AQF3 chemical users training.
  • Providing occupational health and safety induction (White Card) training to field staff.
  • Ensuring all employees are familiar with relevant policies and procedures.
  • Complying with all applicable legal and regulatory requirements.
  • Having a BMS representative attend the National Trust (NSW)’s WH&S Committee and having that representative receive regular WH&S consultation training.

We pride ourselves on our diversity of experience and qualifications, and provide ongoing professional development.

All field staff have a minimum of TAFE Certificate 2 in Conservation and Land Management, or equivalent. In addition to the minimum legally required competency level training for chemical users under the NSW Pesticides Act 1999.

New BMS recruits serve a competency based traineeship period which includes a series of appraisals by Supervisors. During this time, they are exposed to the full range of methods across a variety of sites and ecological communities.

To ensure the highest quality of service is delivered, BMS staff undertake retraining in the natural area restoration procedures, techniques and protocols.

Quality assurance

BMS aims to be the service provider of choice. BMS has established lines of accountability and responsibilities regarding quality assurance.

Our commitment includes:

  • The use of approved chemicals by trained staff.
  • Keeping relevant records of work.
  • We have a Quality Management System (ISO9001:2015 certified) that applies to all team members who are assigned to land conservation and management projects, including bush regeneration, supervision of bushcare volunteers, community education and consultation.
  • Complying with all applicable legal and regulatory requirements.

We regularly review our insurances and will provide copies of Certificates of Currency to our clients annually.

Our insurances include:

  • A state government insurance pool.
  • Professional indemnity insurance.
  • Workers compensation insurance.
  • Motor vehicle insurance.
  • Other miscellaneous liabilities.

In addition, the National Trust (NSW) is a member of the Treasury Managed Fund.

Our legal liability is inclusive of:

  • Public liability for an amount of $100,000,000.
  • Professional indemnity for an amount of $100,000,000.
  • Product Liability for an amount of $100,000,000.
  • Directors and Officers for an amount of $100,000,000.

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