Invitation to comment
The Australian Government is currently seeking public comment on its draft survey guidelines for Australia’s Threatened Orchids: guidelines for detecting orchids listed as ‘threatened’ under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999.
The public comment period closes at 5pm on 28 March 2014.
The Australian Government Department of the Environment has developed draft survey guidelines for Australian orchids which are listed as threatened under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (EPBC Act). These survey guidelines build on and complement the information and explanations in EPBC Act Policy Statement 1.1 (Significant Impact Guidelines) to provide more specific guidance on surveying for the presence of orchid species including those listed under the EPBC Act. These will assist assessment officers to judge whether appropriate methods and sufficient effort has been given to orchid surveys presented as part of the referral process as well as provide guidance to consultants and proponents on the effort and methods that are considered adequate.
These draft guidelines have been developed in consultation with orchid 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:
Species Information and Policy Section
GPO Box 787
Canberra, ACT, 2601