Australia's Biodiversity Conservation Strategy - States and Territories

State and territory biodiversity and biodiversity-related strategies

Australian Capital Territory

The ACT Environment and Sustainability Directorate has in place various programmes to help preserve the environment. The ACT Nature Conservation Strategy was introduced in 2013 to guide a coordinated and integrated approach to nature conservation in the ACT. The ACT Weeds Strategy 2009-2019 aims to reduce the impact of weeds on the environment, the economy, human health and amenity. For more information visit:

New South Wales

A draft NSW Biodiversity Strategy 2010-2015, was prepared by the former Department of Environment, Climate Change and Water and Industry and Investment NSW. It aimed to provide a framework to coordinate and guide investment in biodiversity conservation in NSW.

The Office of Environment and Heritage is responsible for protecting and conserving biodiversity, including threatened species, in NSW. For more information visit:

Northern Territory

For information on the Northern Territory Government biodiversity conservation initiatives visit The Department of Land Resource Management website or the Parks and Wildlife Commission NT website.


For information on the Queensland Government biodiversity conservation initiatives visit the Department of Environment and Heritage Protection website or the Department of National Parks, Recreation, Sport and Racing website.

South Australia

On 10 July 2007 the South Australian Government released No Species Loss Nature Conservation Strategy for South Australia 2007-2017. No Species Loss is the first state wide nature conservation strategy for South Australia. As its name suggests, the aim of the No Species Loss Strategy is to lose no more species in South Australia, whether they be on land, in rivers, creeks, lakes and estuaries or the sea.

The primary responsibility for the conservation of biodiversity in South Australia rests with the Department of Environment, Water and Natural Resources. For more information visit:


Tasmania's Nature Conservation Strategy 2002-2006 and Threatened Species Strategy 2000 are important whole-of-government documents that complements several other Government initiatives, including Tasmania Together, the State of Environment Report and the Natural Resource Management Framework.

The framework for managing the protection of threatened species in Tasmania reviewed by the Tasmanian Auditor-General IN 2009 (Auditor-General Special Report no. 78, Management of Threatened Species, March 2009). The report includes 19 recommendations, which have since informed priority actions for threatened species and biodiversity management in general.

The Tasmanian Department of Primary Industries, Parks, Water and Environment is responsible for important aspects of managing Tasmania's natural environment. For more information visit:


In 2013 the Department of Environment and Primary Industries (DEPI) released the Biodiversity Conservation Strategy for Melbourne's Growth Corridors.
DEPI is responsible for the conservation and sustainable use of Victoria's natural environment, biological diversity and cultural heritage. For more information visit:

The Biodiversity Strategy of Goulburn-Broken Catchment Management Authority, which will run from 2010 to 2015, is intended to provide a regional perspective for implementing state and national strategies, including the Victorian Biodiversity Strategy and the Australian Biodiversity Conservation Strategy. For more information visit:

Western Australia

The A 100-year Biodiversity Conservation Strategy for Western Australia: Blueprint to the Bicentenary in 2020 (draft) recognises the need to act now to prevent further biodiversity decline and accelerate our recovery efforts. It provides a framework to guide action for biodiversity conservation in Western Australia for the next 100 years.

For more information visit the Department of Parks and Wildlife website or Department of Environment Regulation website.