Australia's Biodiversity Conservation Strategy

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Review of Australia’s Biodiversity Conservation Strategy 2010-2030

Australia is reviewing the first five years of Australia’s Biodiversity Conservation Strategy (the Strategy) in 2015. This review is being undertaken for two reasons.

Firstly, the Strategy provides for a review every five years. The Strategy is a national framework guiding the biodiversity conservation policies and programmes of the Commonwealth, State and Territories, so that Australia’s biodiversity is healthy and resilient to threats, and valued in its own right and for its essential contribution to our existence. As the Strategy was agreed in 2010, the first review is being undertaken in 2015.

Secondly, in addition to being a national framework, the Strategy is Australia’s National Biodiversity Strategy and Action Plan under the Convention on Biological Diversity (the Convention). A National Biodiversity Strategy and Action Plan is the main instrument for each member to implement its obligations under the Convention at the national level.

The Convention is an international agreement for the conservation and sustainable use of biological diversity, and the fair and equitable sharing of benefits arising from the use of genetic resources. Australia has been a member of the Convention since 1993, which currently has 196 countries as members.

As a member of the Convention, we are requested to review, and as appropriate update and revise, our National Biodiversity Strategy and Action Plan, by 2015. This is to align with the Aichi Biodiversity Targets of the Convention’s Strategic Plan for Biodiversity 2011-2020, which members to the Convention agreed, following the release of our National Biodiversity Strategy and Action Plan in 2010.  

A number of other international agreements contain biodiversity-related obligations. Accordingly, the review will also consider whether the Strategy should be used to coordinate and integrate its implementation of all Australia’s biodiversity-related international obligations. These agreements include the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals, the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora, and the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands.

The Australian Government is working with all State and Territory Governments, and the Australian Local Government Association, through an inter-jurisdictional working group for the review.

Scope of the review

The review will examine and report on:

  • The operation and implementation of the Strategy since its launch in 2010;
  • Alignment of the Strategy with the Convention’s Strategic Plan for Biodiversity 2011-2020 and its Aichi Biodiversity Targets, as well as relevant obligations of other biodiversity-related international agreements; and
  • Opportunities to improve and streamline the Strategy, while maintaining effective standards, including consideration of:
    • the robustness and durability of objectives;
    • responsibility and accountability for the delivery of outcomes; and
    • monitoring and reporting systems.

Background documents

Australia's Biodiversity Conservation Strategy 2010-2030

A summary of Australia's Biodiversity Conservation Strategy 2010-2030

Public consultation

Your input is sought to inform the review, including general comments, or views on emerging issues, implementation challenges and opportunities to improve the Strategy.

All interested persons and organisations are invited to provide comments to the NBS Secretariat. Submissions close at 5:00pm AEST on Friday 11 September 2015.

How can I get involved in this consultation?

1. Complete a submission cover sheet

You must provide a completed cover sheet with your comments:

Submission cover sheet (PDF - 76.02 KB)
Submission cover sheet (DOCX - 176.27 KB)

2. Sending your submission

Comments can be provided in email, word document, or PDF format. You can submit your comments by:

Email to

Mail to

National Biodiversity Strategy Secretariat
Biodiversity Policy Section
Department of the Environment
GPO Box 787
Canberra ACT 2601

Please note submission of comments on the review are due by 5:00pm AEST on Friday 11 September 2015.

Submission confidentiality

All submissions will be treated as public documents, unless the author of the submission has requested that the submission not be published on the grounds that its publication could reasonably be expected to substantially prejudice the commercial interests of the author or another person. Public submissions may be published in full on the Department of the Environment's website, including any personal information of authors and/or other third parties contained in the submission.

Confidential submissions will not be published. For a submission to be treated as confidential, the confidentiality section of the submission template must be completed.

If only part of the submission should be treated as confidential then please provide two versions of the submission; one full version and one with the confidential information removed.

A request made under the Freedom of Information Act 1982 for access to a submission marked confidential will be determined in accordance with that Act.

Privacy information

The Department treats personal information provided, in accordance with the Privacy Act 1988 (Cth) and the Australian Privacy Principles. The Department's Privacy Policy is available at

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Further information

Previous review of the National Biodiversity Strategy