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Publications archive - The Biodiversity Toolbox


Key departmental publications, e.g. annual reports, budget papers and program guidelines are available in our online archive.

Much of the material listed on these archived web pages has been superseded, or served a particular purpose at a particular time. It may contain references to activities or policies that have no current application. Many archived documents may link to web pages that have moved or no longer exist, or may refer to other documents that are no longer available.

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Diagnostic Tools

To establish a baseline position from which to determine priorities and targets for biodiversity conservation, it is useful to have access to the tools that can help your council identify the condition and extent of existing remnant vegetation, wildlife corridors, species and known habitat within your local area.

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Natural Resource Information, Databases and Mapping

On a Commonwealth and State level, much research and data collection has been undertaken to allow for the assessment and greater understanding of Australia's biodiversity. The links below connect you to vegetation and biodiversity maps.


New South Wales

South Australia

Gurra Gurra Wetlands


Western Australia



Australia Capital Territory

Northern Territory

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Western Australia

Survey Methods and Guidelines

Some previous extensive assessments and investigations have been conducted over wide regions of Australia. Both the data and methodology contained within these studies may become useful references should you council plan to follow a similar path for local information collection.

New South Wales

Interim Guidelines for Targeted and General Flora and Fauna Surveys under the Native Vegetation Conservation Act 1997 (intergdl.pdf - 427 KB)

South Australia

Biological Surveys of Vegetation and Vertebrates (Dept for Environment & Heritage)

Commonwealth, State and Regional Plans and Strategies

In identifying best practice biodiversity priorities for conservation, local government can take into account priorities identified at the Commonwealth, State and regional levels. These should include the following matters of national environmental significance as listed under the Commonwealth Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999:

See the Policy & Legislation page for further information about policies, plans and strategies relating to biodiversity conservation and natural resource management in your state.