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Territory Conservations Agreements (TCAs) help landholders protect areas of conservation value on their properties. The TCA program provides funds of up to $50,000 to offset the cost of infrastructure and conservation work involved in establishing a TCA.

TCAs are voluntary, with terms worked out between landholders and TNRM. These agreements are based on a management plan designed to protect the environmental values of sites, while retaining the broader management goals for the property. TCAs encourage multiple land use strategies which can demonstrate production benefits as well as delivering conservation outcomes.

Expressions of Interest Open – Register now

Thirty properties in the NT have already joined the Territory Conservation Agreement (TCA) Program. If you want to join other Territorians in conserving key parts of your property, while increasing sustainable production and improving the condition of your land, register your interest by submitting an Expression of Interest Form to Territory Natural Resource Management.

Benefits to landholders:

  • Funding assistance to establish a TCA site
  • Assistance in developing a site management plan
  • Assistance in accessing expert advice and support

Qualifying for a TCA

Any individual, group or corporation that owns or leases land from the Crown can apply for a TCA.

Applicants must be committed to working with TNRM over a 10 year contract period.

The proposed site

TCA must:

  1. Be in good condition with healthy native vegetation
  2. Not be seriously threatened by unmanageable problems


Lakefield Station pastoralists Garry and Michelle Riggs set up their first Territory Conservation Agreement in 2011, and now have two TCAs in place over more than 1,000 hectares of their 58,500ha property. The program has allowed them to successfully balance production and conservation on their Sturt Plateau station. They have installed fencing around critical wetland habitats, while locating solar pumps and water points to protect environmentally sensitive areas.

TCAs have ensured that wildlife has thrived in wetlands that have remained pristine, dramatically improving the quantity and quality of the water and allowing for movement of stock away to safe water points.
Garry Riggs, Pastoralist, Lakefield Station