The National Trusts of Australia are community-based, non-government organisations who are committed to promoting and conserving Australia's indigenous, natural and historic heritage. The National Trusts of Australia are collaborating to create a national register of significant trees to protect and celebrate Australia’s heritage. The Trusts has compiled 2,500 significant tree records over the past 30 years, these records are now in the process of being updated by volunteers and loaded into the National Register.
The Trusts website www.trusttrees.org.au through which nominations of significant trees can be made states:
“Significant Tree Committees in each state and territory comprise experts in a range of relevant fields including arboriculture, botany, heritage conservation, environmental management. The Committees meet at least three times per year to discuss issues regarding significant trees.
The role of the Significant Tree Committees will be to seek and assess nominations for significant trees against the nationally agreed criteria, and compare the tree to other registered trees of the same species and criteria on the Register. The Significant Tree Committees will resolve the tree’s level of significance, or may reject the nomination if the tree is considered of local or no significance. The Significant Tree Committees will be responsible for maintaining and updating the Register. The Significant Tree Committees will also promote awareness of the cultural value of significant trees, and advocate for statutory protection for registered trees under the relevant local Planning Scheme.”