Draft Koala referral guidelines

Department of the Environment, 2013

Invitation to comment

The Australian Government is currently seeking public comment on its draft referral guidelines for the Koala (combined populations of Queensland, New South Wales and the Australian Capital Territory). The public comment period closes at 5pm on 7 February 2014.

The combined Koala populations of Queensland, NSW and the ACT were listed as Vulnerable under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (EPBC Act) in May 2012. The Australian Government has developed draft EPBC Act referral guidelines for the Koala to provide further guidance to proponents in regards to whether an action is likely to require referral to the Department due to impacts on the listed Koala. These guidelines expand on the general framework detailed in the Significant Impact Guidelines 1.1 – Matters of National Environmental Significance.

These draft guidelines have been developed in consultation with Koala experts, ecological consultants and state government representatives. The public comment period provides an opportunity for wider consultation with stakeholders. Feedback is welcomed on all aspects of the guidelines and all comments received will be considered in the finalisation of this document.

Comments may be submitted in an Excel, Word or PDF format. Comments must be submitted to:

Email: speciespolicy@environment.gov.au

or

Mail:
The Director
Species Information and Policy Section
GPO Box 787
Canberra, ACT, 2601