The Tasmania Parks and Wildlife Service (PWS) was established in 1971 to present, protect and manage our extraordinary landscapes in partnership with the community. In particular we undertake this role working together with the Tasmanian Aboriginal community as the traditional and original owners, and continuing custodians of the land.
The PWS manages 49 per cent of the land area of Tasmania which includes in excess of 2.9 million hectares of land and water. In addition we are responsible for the future potential production forest (FPPF) lands.
We work to conserve the State's natural and cultural heritage while providing for sustainable use and economic opportunities for the Tasmanian community.
The PWS is part of the Department of Primary Industries, Parks, Water and Environment (DPIPWE), Tasmania's land, air and water steward.
Parks and Wildlife Strategic Plan 2018-2021 establishes our long-term ambitions and the way we will achieve those aspirations.
Our vision is:
Inspiring landscapes for all people for all time.
Our purpose is:
Together, we present, protect and manage Tasmania’s world renowned national parks, reserves and Crown lands, to enrich our community.
Our goals identify the key areas of work that are needed to achieve the three aspects of our vision. Our goals are:
The PWS has major offices in Hobart, Glenorchy, Prospect (Launceston) and Ulverstone, which are supported by field centres around the State, from King and Flinders islands to the north in the Bass Strait, and as far south as Macquarie Island, 1500 km south-east of Tasmania.
See our organisational chart for more information on management structure.
PWS Span of Control (PDF 64Kb)