Native Plants & Animals

EDO NSW has produced a number of resources on native plants and animals

Fact Sheets on this topic include:

  • Commonwealth Threatened Species Law
  • Threatened Species and Ecological Communities
  • Protecting Native Animals and Plants

EDO NSW also undertakes law reform work relevant to native plants and animals. Read our submissions.

EDO NSW represents individuals and community groups in public interest litigation to protect the environment. Read about our cases on native plants and animals.

Learn how to Have Your Say about decisions relevant to native plants and animals.

Protecting Native Animals & Plants

Please note the law governing native plants and animals changed in August 2017 and this fact sheet is out of date. It will be updated shortly.

This fact sheet explains the legal protections for native animals and plants in NSW. It describes the frameworks that regulate impacts on native animals and plants and identifies the relevant decision-makers and enforcement authorities.

This fact sheet will be useful for people who want to know what the legal protections for native animals and plants are at a state level. It will also be useful for people who come into contact with native animals and plants and people who are concerned about breaches of environmental law.

Other Fact Sheets you may find useful: Protected Areas, EPBC Act, Commonwealth Threatened Species Law, Threatened Species and Ecological Communities, BioBanking, Biodiversity Assessments

Threatened Species & Ecological Communities

Please note the law governing threatened species and ecological communities changed in August 2017 and this fact sheet is out of date. It will be updated shortly.

This fact sheet explains the various legal protections for threatened species in NSW and Australia. It describes the frameworks that regulate impacts on threatened species, including nomination, listing, protection and enforcement, and identifies the authorities involved in both listing threatened species and monitoring and enforcing breaches of threatened species law.

This fact sheet will be useful for people who want to know what the legal protections for threatened species are at both a state and national level. It will also be useful for people who are concerned about breaches of threatened species law.

Other Fact Sheets you may find useful: Commonwealth Threatened Species Law, Protecting Native Animals and Plants, Protected Areas, BioBanking, Biodiversity Assessments

Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999

This Fact Sheet discusses the role of the Commonwealth in environmental protection, the processes involved in Commonwealth assessment of projects, and penalties for failure to obtain appropriate Commonwealth approvals.

This Fact Sheet will be useful for anyone considering embarking on a development or activity which may have a significant impact on a matter of national significance, or anyone concerned about such a proposed development.

Other Fact Sheets you may find useful: Threatened Species and Ecological Communities, Commonwealth Heritage Protection

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Commonwealth Threatened Species Law

Sometimes a development or activity may require assessment and approval under both Commonwealth and state threatened species law. This Fact Sheet explains how nationally listed threatened species and ecological communities are protected under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999.

This Fact Sheet will be useful for anyone who wishes to find out whether a species or ecological community is currently protected, and people who want to nominate a species or an ecological community for protection and ensure proper protection is applied to species or ecological communities already listed. It will also be useful for anyone who is planning a development which may impact on a threatened species or may constitute a threatening process and who wants to know how to apply for permission to proceed with the development.

Other Fact Sheets you may find useful: Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999, Threatened Species and Ecological Communities

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