The NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) is part of the Office of Environment and Heritage (OEH) in the Department of Premier and Cabinet.

NPWS was established in 1967 to administer a fledgling system of national parks. Today, the agency manages more than 850 protected areas in NSW, covering nearly 8 million hectares and representing around 8 per cent of the land area of the State. This includes national parks, nature reserves, World Heritage areas, rainforests, beaches, alpine areas and sites of great cultural and historic significance and some of our most highly valued recreation and tourism sites.

The NSW Government is committed to improving community engagement with, and access to, our park system. NPWS plays a key role in encouraging visitors to national parks by offering and promoting inspiring and engaging experiences. NPWS has developed and implemented a proactive conservation and tourism agenda to deliver on the commitment of the NSW Government.

We are pleased to be co-hosting the IUCN World Parks Congress with our colleagues at Parks Australia – and look forward to welcoming inspiring leaders from around the world to attend the Congress and experience first hand our spectacular national parks.

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