Who we are
Phillip Island Nature Parks is a unique conservation organisation that was established in 1996 under the Crown Land (Reserves) Act 1978 “for the conservation of areas of natural interest or beauty or of scientific, historic or archaeological interest”.
We acknowledge that the Crown Land we are privileged to manage forms part of the traditional lands of the Bunurong Peoples who call Phillip Island Millowl, and that the Land, Waters and Sea are of spiritual, cultural and economic importance to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples and pay our respects to Elders past, present and future.
As a self-funded organisation, your visit directly contributes to the conservation of wildlife and habitat.
Achieving our vision
We are proud of our 30-Year Conservation Vision - Beyond the Horizon which outlines our vision for Phillip Island as a place where the Island’s flora and fauna will be flourishing despite the effects of climate change and the pressures of an expanding human population. Under the careful stewardship of the Nature Parks, natural environments will be demonstrating resilience.
Our 5-Year Conservation Plan 2019-2023 represents the first ambitious step in our journey towards delivering our 30-Year Vision and details the actions we will take over the next five years to protect and enhance Phillip Island’s wildlife and environment.
These plans were developed in consultation with key stakeholders and community and honour and build on our shared history of conservation on Phillip Island (Millowl) and represent an evolution in our approach and methodology to meet the challenges ahead of us. We take this responsibility seriously and look forward to working together towards a better future for Phillip Island (Millowl).
- Declaring Phillip Island (Millowl) fox-free in 2017.
- Re-introduction of the endangered Eastern barred bandicoot, which was extinct in the wild in mainland Victoria up until 2021.
- Management of the Hooded plover program on Phillip Island (Millowl) with our volunteers which has contributed to the breeding success of this threatened species.
- Planting over 250 000 indigenous plants since 1996.
- Rehabilitating the former Summerland Estate back to penguin habitat
- Installing 4,000 artificial penguin boxes on the Summerland Peninsula to encourage little penguins back to former breeding sites. The colony is now home to over 40,000 Little penguins.
Phillip Island Nature Parks Animal Charter Commitment
The Nature Parks introduces its first Animal Welfare Charter, adopting a holistic approach to achieve the highest standards of animal welfare in our conservation, tourism, education and research activities. The organisation is committed to maintaining an evidence-led approach to conservation and animal welfare, which has delivered outstanding outcomes on Phillip Island (Millowl) and beyond. This unique evidence-led and tourism funded approach to conservation has helped to make the Nature Parks a global leader in tourism-integrated conservation.
The purpose of this Charter is to establish the Nature Parks commitments to animal welfare and set the expectations for how this is integrated across the organisation. The Charter also supports the organisation’s compliance with regulatory requirements, animal welfare guidelines, and scientific publications pertaining to animal welfare.
Phillip Island (Millowl) Wildlife Plan
The Phillip Island (Millowl) Wildlife Plan balances the needs of wildlife and community
Phillip Island’s wildlife is an important part of the community’s identity and economy. Wildlife experiences on the Island generate jobs and evenue and are a major attraction for visitors.
Download the summary plan (PDF, 690.5 KB)
Download the full plan (PDF, 2.6 MB)
Download frequently asked questions (PDF, 221.7 KB)
View our Conservation Team’s plans, reports and important links to our partners in conservation here.