Once a nomination has been received, the tree or group of trees will be assessed against formal criteria (PDF 89KB) (Word 16KB) based on heritage value, landscape value and scientific (including ecological) value.
A tree profile is prepared for the Conservator of Flora and Fauna who will decide if the nomination will be entered onto the Provisional Tree Register.
The provisional registration of a tree is for one year beginning on the day it is provisionally registered. Within this one year period, the tree(s) will be assessed by an independent tree advisory panel against the criteria outlined in the Act (see below). A final report is prepared for the Conservator who will make a decision to either fully register the tree(s) or to not proceed with the registration.
Responsibilities after registration (including penalties under the Act) are outlined here.
Any unapproved activity that is likely to cause damage to a protected tree is prohibited. This includes the killing or removal of a tree, undertaking groundwork within the Tree Protection Zone, and any activity that is likely to cause the death or decline of the tree.
A Declared Site is an area of land that was once the Tree Protection Zone of a Registered Tree that was killed by something other than natural causes. Approval is required to undertake groundwork activities in a Declared Site.
The Conservator may approve groundwork in a Declared Site if satisfied that the proposed activity, and any other prohibited groundwork done with or without approval in the past 12 months, would be less than 10% of the total area of the Declared Site.