Queensland Government moves to streamline laws which cover protected plants have left farm groups angry.

The amendments to the no longer require a flora survey be done and remove the need for land owners to get approval for clearing vegetation when no threatened species are involved.

While the changes will consolidate six pieces of legislation and regulation into two, the Environment Minister, Andrew Powell, says the measures don't lessen the protection given to native plants.

However, farmers are not happy with what the Government's called 'the removal of green tape'. AgForce's director of policy, Lauren Hewitt, says an opportunity has been missed to undertake further reform that's really needed.

She says Queensland has two key pieces of legislation covering native bushland, the Vegetation Management Act which most landholders are familiar with, and the which protects a long list of individual species.

"The department has finally recognised that this piece of legislation was not working and it wasn't practical.

"Unfortunately they haven't taken on the advice of all the Ag bodies in Queensland and people like the Property Council.

"If you're really going to get serious about streamlining you create a single piece of compliance framework for people to understand what they're doing.

"You don't create two separate mapping systems, you don't create two pieces of legislation that don't talk to each other," she said.

Mr Powell says he acknowledges that the Vegetation Management Act still sits outside what parliament passed last night under a different portfolio.

"We are working to, where ever possible, integrate the work we've done overnight with the veg management act.

"We're very conscious that the VMA itself is undergoing some significant changes at present.

"I strongly believed that we needed to do a piece of work in the meantime that brought our and consolidated our work in relation to protected plants down," he said.

"If we tried to bring everything in the Vegetation Management Act and the Nature Conservation Act together into one place we would've ended up with a worse outcome for landholders."

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