Public consultation on Australia’s Fifth National Report to the Convention on Biological Diversity

Consultation period: 31 March – 18 April 2014

The Australian Government Department of the Environment is undertaking public consultation on Australia’s fifth national report to the Convention on Biological Diversity (the Convention).

The submission of national reports is a formal obligation under the Convention. National reports are required to outline the measures the Party has taken to implement the Convention and their effectiveness in meeting the Convention’s objectives.

Information provided by Parties in the national reports will also be used for a mid-term review of the implementation of the Strategic Plan for Biodiversity 2011-2020 and to assess progress made in achieving the Aichi Biodiversity Targets.

Australia’s fifth national report covers a period from January 2009 to December 2013 and is in line with the agreed reporting guidelines of the Convention. Input to the draft report has come from a range of sources from across government as well as from publically available reports, publications and websites.

Further details about the Convention can be found on the Convention on Biological Diversity website.

Invitation to comment

You are invited to provide comments on the draft report. The period of consultation closes at 5pm AEST Friday 18 April 2014. The Department would appreciate submissions being made as early as possible to facilitate consideration of public comment and finalisation of the report. Unfortunately, late submissions will not be able to be considered.

Download the draft report

Comments are to be submitted via:

Email (preferred option):



Australia’s National Focal Point to the Convention on Biological Diversity
International Branch
Policy and Communications Division
Department of the Environment
GPO Box 787
Canberra ACT 2601

Unless marked as confidential, all submissions will be treated as public documents and may be posted on the Department’s website. The Department will not post any personal details (such as email addresses) on the website.