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) 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.
Public exhibition for the code of practice was from 24 April 2018 to 7 June 2018. Comments on the draft code are now closed.
Draft code of practice