How threat abatement plans are prepared and implemented
Stages of the planning process
1. A draft threat abatement plan is developed. This involves extensive consultation with scientific experts, government departments, land managers and members of the community.
2. The draft plan is placed on public exhibition. During the public exhibition period community members can comment on the plan by sending in a submission.
3. The threat abatement plan is finalised, taking into account all submissions received during the public exhibition period.
4. The finalised plan is forwarded to the Minister for the Environment for approval.
Threat abatement plans are reviewed periodically. At any time, anyone can make a submission about a threat abatement plan, and their submission will be considered in the review process.
Putting threat abatement plans into effect
Threat abatement planning is all about cooperation - between the Office of Environment and Heritage (OEH), other public authorities, organisations and the community.
OEH is mainly responsible for implementing threat abatement plans. However, we can't effectively manage some threats alone. Other authorities may agree to help, and they will be identified in the threat abatement plan.
Some human activities may be considered threatening processes. Although these activities may not be forbidden outright, the Threatened Species Conservation Act 1995 aims to make sure that their impacts are properly considered in the planning process. Threat abatement plans cannot be ignored by public authorities when they make decisions. And local councils and other public authorities may consider a threat abatement plan when they assess proposed developments or activities.
Page last updated: 09 June 2011