Koala (Phascolarctos cinereus) Listing
Koala (Phascolarctos cinereus)
Koalas (Phascolarctos cinereus) are native Australian tree-dwelling marsupials with predominantly grey coloured fur. They live in a range of temperate, sub-tropical and tropical forest, woodland and semi-arid communities dominated by eucalypt species.
Koalas in some regions face increasing threats from urban expansion, disease, habitat loss, vehicle strike, and predation by dogs, and from their susceptibility to drought and climate change. However, the health, size and status of koala populations differ significantly across Australia.
Listing of the species under national environment law
After considering scientific advice from the Threatened Species Scientific Committee, the Environment Minister has listed the Queensland, New South Wales and Australian Capital Territory koala populations as vulnerable under national environment law.
For more information, read the fact sheet on the koala listing.
Habitat of protected populations
The map below shows what we know about where koala habitat exists in these states, which is a good indication of where they are likely to occur.
INDICATIVE MAP ONLY: Habitat distributions are compiled using a range of datasets of varying quality and should only be used as a guide. The presence of the species or its habitat should be confirmed by using local information sources. Further information is available through the department's Protected Matters Search Tool.
Federal listing of these koala populations will strengthen the protections that are already in place for the species. But this doesn't mean that all activities in these areas will now require federal environmental approval.
More information can be found in the koala listing FAQs for industry, developers, landholders and landowners.
Draft Referral Guidelines for the Koala
The Department has developed draft referral guidelines for the Koala in order to provide further guidance to proponents in regards to whether an action is likely to require referral to the Department, due to impacts on the Koala. Comments can be made on the draft referral guidelines until 7 February 2014. After this date, comments will be reviewed and final referral guidelines for the Koala will be published. The referral guidelines expand on the general framework detailed in the Significant impact guidelines 1.1 - Matters of Environmental Significance.
State government information
For state-specific information about koala habitat, programs and their protection under state environment laws go to:
- New South Wales
- South Australia