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Biodiversity Act

The South Australian Government is developing new legislation to protect and conserve biodiversity.

A new Biodiversity Act will boost biodiversity conservation in our state, while integrating the goals of the Native Vegetation Act 1991, the National Parks and Wildlife Act 1972 and the Landscape South Australia Act 2019. Importantly the Act will also incorporate the knowledge of Aboriginal South Australians in the management of land and respect for its ecosystems.

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Have your say on the new Biodiversity Act!

The department is currently seeking feedback on the new Biodiversity Act. We want to understand your expectations around biodiversity conservation and the priorities for a new Act. Biodiversity touches all our lives, so you don’t need to be an expert to provide your feedback.

To learn more, visit YourSAy before 1 March 2024.

You can get involved by:

  • completing the online survey on the YourSAy website
  • reading the discussion paper
  • diving into more technical details in our FAQ’s
  • sharing the YourSAy link to your networks to encourage participation – every little bit helps!

We’re aware that the development of a Biodiversity Act will be of interest to First Nations peoples. We are currently undertaking a separate targeted engagement to ensure the aspirations and perspectives of First Nations peoples are considered in the drafting of the new Act. If you are a First Nations person, or represent a First Nations peak body or group and want to get involved, please contact the team on biodiversityact@sa.gov.au.

Note: This consultation was originally scheduled to close on Wednesday, 14 February 2024. It has been extended and submissions will now close on Friday, 1 March 2024.

South Australia’s biodiversity champion

We’re partnering with Tim Jarvis AM to promote public consultation on the new Biodiversity Act.

As our biodiversity champion, Tim is helping us to inform the community about the development of the new Act, including its aims and how the community can get involved.

Tim was recently named Australian of the Year for South Australia. He is an internationally recognised environmental scientist and adventurer, with more than 25 years of experience in both disciplines. Tim is passionate about environmental advocacy which is reflected in the wide range of initiatives he supports and works on, including supporting conservation charities, his recent 4 years of patronage of Nature Play SA and 5 years’ service on the board of Zoos SA who are leading work in endangered species conservation.

Learn more about biodiversity and the new Act in our video with Tim:

The next steps

The diagram below details the broad stages and opportunities for input by different parties throughout the course of developing the Biodiversity Act. Multiple formal and informal opportunities are proposed for input by First Nations Australians, key stakeholders, experts, partners, industry and other interested parties.

Biodiversity Act

Keep up-to-date

From government to industries and individuals, all of us must to come together to address the challenges facing our biodiversity. To get involved and keep up-to-date: