Increased protection for Koalas

11 February 2022

The Morrison Government is boosting the level of protection for Koalas under National Environmental law, and will this week seek agreement from Queensland, New South Wales and the Australian Capital Territory on the National Recovery plan.

Minister for the Environment Sussan Ley said the announcements follow a $50 million commitment to Koala conservation and protection, and represent a comprehensive framework to protect the iconic species.

“We are taking unprecedented action to protect the koala, working with scientists, medical researchers, veterinarians, communities, states, local governments and Traditional Owners,” Minister Ley said.

“As part of our $200 million bushfire response, I asked the Threatened Species Scientific Committee to consider the status of the Koala. 

“Today I am increasing the protection for koalas in NSW, the ACT and Queensland listing them as endangered rather than their previous designation of vulnerable.

“The impact of prolonged drought, followed by the black summer bushfires, and the cumulative impacts of disease, urbanisation and habitat loss over the past twenty years have led to the advice.

“Together we can ensure a healthy future for the koala and this decision, along with the total $74 million we have committed to koalas since 2019 will play a key role in that process.

“The new listing highlights the challenges the species is facing and ensures that all assessments under the Act will be considered not only in terms of their local impacts, but with regard to the wider koala population. 

“The National plan developed through scientific advice and public consultation will now go to the relevant states for their final adoption and will help guide state and local government strategies.”

The Australian Government is providing more than $74 million to protect the iconic Koala and ensure its long-term health and resilience, including: $47 million to protect and restore important Koala habitat; $8.7 million to support Koala health, genetics research and medical support; and $12 million for the National Koala Monitoring Program. Further information