This will require a range of actions to manage and reduce threats to koalas. Some threats will require state-wide action and other threats need to be addressed on a local level.
What are the threats to koalas?
Many of the threats to koalas are well known:
Threats impact koalas differently across NSW. There is still more to learn about threats to koalas and the most effective actions to avoid or reduce them.
There are actions we can take, individually and as a community to reduce some of the major threats to koalas and keep them safe.
How are threats currently being managed?
Government and the community have a range of options available for managing threats. These include:
- legislation and regulatory controls
- rules set out in the planning system
- incentives for private conservation
- management of the national parks and reserves as well as other public land
- managing threats and habitat as part of the Saving our Species Program
- community effort through koala rehabilitation and on-ground action.
The community's efforts to protect koalas is greatly appreciated. Many koala rehabilitation groups and individuals play a critical front-line role, giving their time to care for injured koalas.
What needs to happen in the future?
Maintaining key koala populations will depend on identifying the risks associated with each threat to that population and, based on tolerance for those risks, developing appropriate management actions.
The whole-of-government NSW Koala Strategy can address threats by:
- identifying priority threats to key koala populations at the population scale
- defining actions to manage and reduce priority threats to key koala populations
- prioritising management actions, investment priorities and assigning accountabilities and timeframes
- reviewing and aligning legislative and regulatory arrangements to improve outcomes for koalas across different land tenures
- establishing a framework for on-going coordination and cooperation of land managers, policy makers, researchers and the community to deliver defined actions.