The department has a strong regional presence throughout the State and staff are in regular contact with neighbours. The activities of the department and its neighbours can impact each other, so it is mutually beneficial to maintain respectful relations. Departmental staff are encouraged to establish and maintain open and positive relationships with neighbours and the local community.

Where lands are jointly managed with other entities, there is a need for such entities to also engage in good neighbour relations. Similarly, Aboriginal people conducting their customary activities on department-managed lands need to be cognisant of neighbours.