It’s been 5 years since new laws for biodiversity conservation and native vegetation clearing were introduced in NSW. It is time to ask – are those laws working to protect biodiversity and appropriately regulate land clearing?

In the last 5 years we have seen species added to our threatened lists; a significant increase in rural land clearing; impacts of drought, bushfire, floods; changes to climate policy; serious concerns raised around relaxed biodiversity offsetting rules; and ongoing koala policy debates. The NSW Audit Office, Natural Resources Commission and multiple parliamentary inquiries have all raised concerns about the regulatory framework in NSW.

This submission guide provides information on engaging in the 5-year statutory review of the Biodiversity Conservation Act 2016 (NSW).

The submission deadline has been extended to Friday 21 April 2023. Information on how to make a submission is included in the Guide.