The koala (combined populations of Queensland, New South Wales and the Australian Capital Territory) was listed as endangered on 12 February 2022.
This means there are changes to how you must consider whether your project will have any impacts to koalas. We can help you to understand how this listing change affects your project.
Referral guidance for the endangered koala has been published. This guidance replaces the previous EPBC Act referral guidelines for the vulnerable koala and associated vulnerable listing policy documents.
Another new guidance document can help you identify areas in the landscape that may contain habitat and may need to be referred for approval before an action or project can commence.
- A review of koala habitat assessment criteria and methods – provides information on the koala and their habitat to help determine whether an area is likely to be koala habitat.
- Effects of fire on koalas and their habitat – provides information on the effects of fire on koalas and their habitat.
- Revegetating koala habitat – provides information on koala habitat requirements and nutritional ecology where the goal is to restore or improve koala habitat.
- Protected Matters Search Tool – a free, interactive online website application that can help you identify protected matters on or near your project’s site.
- Significant Impact Guidelines 1.1 – provides overarching guidance on determining whether an action is likely to have a significant impact on a matter protected under the EPBC Act.
- Species Profile and Threats (SPRAT) – a free database that provides information about species and ecological communities listed under the EPBC Act. The SPRAT database provides links to:
- National Recovery Plan for the Koala – provides the research and management actions necessary to stop the decline of, and support the recovery of, the listed koala.
- Conservation Advice for the Koala – identifies actions required for the conservation and recovery of the listed koala.