Environment Victoria has been campaigning for many years to update and strengthen Victoria’s threatened species legislation, the Flora and Fauna Guarantee Act.
We advocated for this law and shaped it back in the 1980s, but its powerful conservation tools have rarely been used.
Without being required to act, governments can simply tick the endangered species box and do nothing while our plants, animals and birds race headlong towards the history books.
Again and again, Environment Victoria and others have called for the law to be changed so it mandates governments to declare ‘critical habitat’. Now, finally, there’s a recommendation to change the law to do just that through the report of the Inquiry into Ecosystem Decline in Victoria.
More than 30,000 Victorians signed our petition to ‘Act on Extinction’ and thousands more contributed to Environment Victoria’s submission to the inquiry.