Draft Code of Practice Authorising Flying-fox Camp Management Actions: Public consultation

The requirement to hold a licence to manage flying-fox camps is under review. The Draft Code of Practice Authorising Flying-fox Camp Management Actions describes proposed licensing changes and is available for public comment until 7 June 2018.

Flying-foxes are protected in New South Wales by the Biodiversity Conservation Act 2016.

Managers of public land, primarily local councils, work with communities to manage flying-fox camps on public land affecting people’s enjoyment of the land.

It is an offence under the Biodiversity Conservation Act 2016 to harm or attempt to harm a native animal unless authorised by a biodiversity conservation licence or approved code of practice, or an exemption under the Biodiversity Conservation Regulation 2017.

Currently, a licence is required by local councils and other public land managers to take actions in or near flying-fox camps to minimise the impacts of the camps on nearby communities.

Office of Environment and Heritage (OEH) has prepared the draft Code of Practice Authorising Flying-fox Camp Management Actions that defines standards required for effective and humane management of flying-fox camps.

If the actions required to manage a flying-fox camp are consistent with the terms of the code, a licence will not be required.

The making of a code of practice will help local councils and other public land managers to act quickly to manage flying-fox camps causing concern on public land.

Submissions from stakeholders regarding the draft code will help inform the making of an effective code.

Draft code of practice 

View the draft Code of Practice Authorising Flying-fox Camp Management Actions (PDF 85KB) and tell us what you think. 

How can I comment on the draft code of practice?

Public exhibition for the code of practice is from 24 April 2018 to 7 June 2018. You are invited to comment on the draft code by sending a written submission during this time.

Your submission is part of the process of making this draft code final. Note that multiple submissions received by the same author will be counted as a single submission. At the close of the public exhibition period we will consider all submissions and prepare a submissions report. Submissions will be published on the OEH website if the authors have provided their approval for them to be published. 

While all submissions count, they are most effective when we understand your ideas and the outcomes you want. Following are some suggestions to help you write your submission:

  • Write clearly and be specific about the issues that are of concern to you.
  • Note which part or section of the code of practice your comments relate to.
  • Give reasoning in support of your points - this helps avoid misinterpretation and makes it easier for us consider your ideas.
  • If you agree or support a particular part or idea in the code of practice, please tell us.
  • If you disagree, please tell us specifically what you disagree with and why you disagree.
  • It is very helpful to suggest solutions or alternatives to managing the issue if you can.

Your privacy

Your submission may include personal information. Office of Environment and Heritage complies with the NSW Privacy and Personal Information Protection Act 1998 which regulates the collection, storage, quality, use and disclosure of personal information. For more information, see the OEH privacy page.

Office of Environment and Heritage values public input and appreciates that information provided may be private and personal. If you wish your submission or your personal details to be treated as confidential for any reason then you can request this occurs. Please indicate your preference on the submission form below or by including it in your written submission. You should be aware that OEH may be required by law to release copies of submissions to third parties. A request for access to a confidential submission will be determined in accordance with the Government Information (Public Access) Act 2009.

Please be aware that if you do not make a request for confidentiality, OEH may make your submission, including any personal details contained in the submission available to the public if requested to do so.

Have your say

Public exhibition is from 24 April 2018 to 7 June 2018.

You can provide your written submission in any of the following ways:

  • Post your written submission to:
    Flying-fox Code of Practice Review
    PO Box A290
    Sydney South NSW 1232
  • Email your submission to: Flying.Fox@environment.nsw.gov.au
  • Make a submission online by using the online form below.