NSW Koala Strategy

The NSW Koala Strategy – the biggest commitment by any state government to secure koalas in the wild – is supporting a range of conservation actions that will provide more habitat for koalas, support local community action, improve koala health and safety, and build our knowledge to improve koala conservation.

Koalas in New South Wales, like many other species, are facing a wide range of threats, including land use change, disease and extreme weather events. It is our responsibility to help safeguard koalas against these threats.

The NSW Koala Strategy is part of a long-term vision to first stabilise, then increase, koala population numbers across the State. Through many of its actions, it will also contribute to protecting other threatened species.

The NSW Government has committed $44.7 million to support the implementation of the NSW Koala Strategy.

What is the NSW Koala Strategy?

Volunteers, Nature Nomads, Bundjalung National ParkThe NSW Koala Strategy supports on-ground initiatives delivered by wildlife rehabilitators, community groups, local councils and government agencies who are already working to protect koalas in the wild.

It also creates opportunities for the broader community to get involved in koala conservation, whether you want to protect koala habitat on your land or report a koala sighting – we all have a role in saving the koala.

Importantly, the NSW Koala Strategy will help protect important koala habitat and build up the resilience of koala populations to ensure the future of koalas in New South Wales.

The Saving our Species (SoS) program also forms an important part of the NSW Koala Strategy. The Saving our Species Iconic Koala Project provides a framework for on-ground conservation of koalas in New South Wales, addressing threats to the koala that can be reasonably addressed by land managers, communities and experts. The SoS Iconic Koala Project is contributing $4 million to the NSW Koala Strategy.

24 actions under 4 pillars

The strategy identifies a set of 24 actions to be delivered over 3 years and involves working with the whole community. After 3 years we will evaluate the outcomes of the strategy and adapt our approach to make sure we are delivering the best actions to protect koala populations.

These actions are being delivered under 4 pillars:

  • koala habitat conservation
  • conservation through community action
  • safety and health of koala populations
  • building our knowledge

You can find the detailed list of actions in the NSW Koala Strategy and an update on their status in the 2019 Koala Strategy Annual Report.

A whole-of-government strategy

The strategy responds to the NSW Chief Scientist and Engineer's 2016 Independent Review into the Decline of Koala Populations in Key Areas of NSW. An expert advisory committee chaired by the NSW Chief Scientist and Engineer guided the strategy's development along with extensive community and stakeholder consultation.

The report makes 11 recommendations to benefit koala populations in New South Wales. The main recommendation is for the NSW Government to adopt a whole-of-government koala strategy for NSW based on the principles of action, ongoing monitoring and continuous learning. A detailed list of the recommendations is available in the NSW Chief Scientist and Engineer's report.