Threatened Species Conservation

Reforms are underway to the management of biodiversity in NSW which will impact on the management of threatened species. A draft Biodiversity Conservation Bill proposes to replace the Threatened Species Conservation Act. Local Government is currently being consulted on the proposed changes.

NSW Threatened Species Conservation Act

The Threatened Species Conservation Act 1995 establishes the legislative framework for the conservation of threatened species, populations and ecological communities of plants and animals in NSW.  It also aims to improve the identification, conservation and recovery of threatened species and reduce the threats faced by those species. Listings of all preliminary and final determinations under the Act can be found on the NSW Threatened Species website.

Environmental Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act

The Environmental Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (the EPBC Act) is the Australian Government's central piece of environmental legislation. It provides a legal framework to protect and manage nationally and internationally important flora, fauna, ecological communities and heritage places - defined in the Act as matters of national environmental significance.

The EPBC Act focuses Australian Government interests on the protection of matters of national environmental significance, with the states and territories having responsibility for matters of state and local significance.

In 2008/9 the Australian Government commissioned an independent review into the EPBC Act. The LGSA made a submission (PDF, 74KB) on behalf of Local Government in NSW. The Final Report of the independent review was released in late 2009.

For more information on the EPBC Act, go to the EPBC website.