The ESA's Constitution commits it to engaging with matters of public policy, particularly in: "promoting the application of ecological principles to the development, utilisation and conservation of natural resources" and "advising governmental and other agencies in matters where the application of ecological principles may be relevant to their planning and decision making processes".
As part of this work, the ESA engages with public policy consultations and matters of public interest that are relevant to ecology.
The ESA has a Policy Working Group that coordinates the Society's response to policy consultations and engagement with policymakers. We also encourage our members to have their say on issues relevant to their expertise, and to submit 'Hot Topics' that are relevant to environmental policy development, land management and to broadening the community's ecological knowledge base.
Below you will find past submissions or statements made by the ESA. If you'd like to know more about the ESA's Public Policy and Outreach work please contact our Policy Project Officer, Cara Marshall at email@example.com
Have your say
The ESA encourages its members to engage with policy development and consultation processes, to help promote the application of ecological principles and science in decision-making and natural resource management processes.
If you want to make a submission to any of the consultations but aren't sure how to go about this, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you want some tips to help you write a submission check out these resources from the Australian Government, The Change Toolkit and Our Community. Stay tuned for our detailed ‘Guide to engaging with your MP’ soon to be released!
- Independent review of the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 – the deadline for submissions in response to the discussion paper have been extended until 17 April 2020. Find out more.
- Comment on the nomination and assessment of the 'Tasmanian white gum (Eucalyptus viminalis) wet forest' as a threatened ecological community. Details here.
- Several shurbs, and White Box – Yellow Box – Blakely’s Red Gum Grassy Woodland and Derived Native Grassland proposed for NSW Crtically Endangered Species listing, feedback sought by early 2020. Details here.
- Draft Guide to Nationally Protected Species Significantly Impacted by Paddock Tree Removal - you are invited to comment on the guide to nationally protected species significantly impacted by paddock tree removal, which aims to assist landholders in determining if removing their paddock trees will need approval under national environmental law. Find out more.
- Draft National Recovery Plan for the Australasian Bittern - due 17th April
- Draft National Recovery for the Australian Painted Snipe - due 17th April
- Draft Wildlife Conservation Plan for Seabirds - due 17th April
- Draft National Recovery Plan for the Sandhill Dunnart - due 17th April
- Draft National Recovery Plan for the Australian Fairy Tern - due 17th April
- Draft Conservation Advice for Abbott's Booby and the Christmas Island Frigatebird - due 13th March
If you know of a policy consultation that you think ESA members would be interested in, please email email@example.com
Public policy consultations
- Submission to the Consultation on the draft Aspiration and Guiding Principles - Land Management Strategy – Parks Victoria (September 2019)
- Submission to the Future Environmental Science Program Consultation (June 2019)
- 2019 Australian Election Message (May 2019)
- Submission to the National Research and Science Priorities Review (May 2019)
- Submission to the Inquiry into the impact on the agricultural sector of vegetation and land management policies, regulations and restrictions (January 2019)
- Submission to the Inquiry into Australia’s faunal extinction crisis (September 2018)
- Submission to the Inquiry into funding Australia's research (June 2018)
- Submission to the Targeted review to find ways to better support farmers under national environmental law (June 2018)
- Submission on the draft of Australia's strategy for nature 2018-2030 (March 2018)
- Submission on the Tax Deductible Gift Recipient Reform Opportunities Discussion Paper (August 2017)
- Submission on the Innovation and Science Australia 2030 Strategic Plan: Issues Paper (May 2017)
- Submission on the Draft 2016 National Research Infrastructure Roadmap (January 2017)
- Submission on the 2016 National Research Infrastructure Roadmap Capability Issues Paper (September 2016)
- House of Representatives Standing Committee on Climate Change, Environment and the Arts Parliamentary Inquiry into the Impact of Climate Change on Australian Biodiversity, ESA Submission (2011) and report from then ESA President Prof Kris French's invited appearance at a public hearing interview (28 March 2012)
- Submission on the Draft National Biodiversity Strategy (2010 - 2020) (May 2009)
Public Statements and Letters
- ESA to Minister Groom regarding the Tasmanian land clearing laws (2017)
- ESA to Premier Berejiklian regarding feral horses in Kosciuszko National Park (2017)
- 'Scientists’ declaration: accelerating forest, woodland and grassland destruction in Australia.’ (2016)