Independent Review into the Decline of Koala Populations in Key Areas of NSW

In March 2016, the NSW Minister for the Environment asked the Chief Scientist & Engineer to conduct an independent review into the decline of koala populations in key areas of NSW. A Koala Advisory Committee was established to provide advice.

The Chief Scientist & Engineer provided a report to the NSW Government in December 2016 which lays the foundations for preparing a whole-of-government koala strategy for NSW.

The report recommends the objective of a NSW koala strategy should be to stabilise and then start to increase koala numbers. This will require actions to protect, rehabilitate and connect koala habitats, as well as a range of measures to manage and mitigate threats to koalas.

The Chief Scientist & Engineer's recommendations propose a whole-of-government NSW koala strategy that uses the best available science to improve outcomes for koalas through collaboration between government, researchers, land managers and the community.

Terms of Reference

Please click here to see the Terms of Reference for the NSW Koala Advisory Committee.


The Report of the Independent Review into the Decline of Koala Populations in Key Areas of NSW was released in December 2016.

Professor O'Kane's report can be viewed in full here.

A supporting paper accompanies the above report: Dr Martin Predavec’s koala case study report is available here.

Public Submissions to the NSW Koala Strategy

The NSW Office of Environment and Heritage will be hosting community information sessions and a webinar about the development of the whole-of government koala strategy for NSW. Find out more here.

You can have your say on the proposed NSW koala strategy here.