Defence will manage general threats to all native species and ecological communities through threat abatement activities and undertake specific risk management programs where Defence has a potentially significant impact on the survival of a native species or community. Native species that pose potential risks to Defence will be managed to minimise harm to the species while protecting other environmental values and Defence capability.
The Defence estate contains nationally and internationally significant biodiversity including rare and endangered species, wetlands and other ecological communities recorded in the Defence Biodiversity Register in the Garrison and Estate Management System (GEMS). Defence has significant land holdings that generally benefit native ecosystems by providing a buffer from threats that occur in the broader landscape.
The Australian Government has committed to protecting and improving native vegetation and the habitat and survival prospects of native species. This is achieved through minimal access to sensitive areas, as well as active management of threats such as pests, weeds, pathogens and bushfire. The Defence Biodiversity Register in GEMS provides an inventory of threatened species and communities across the estate.
Implementation direction and requirements for undertaking certain environmental management activities can be found in the Landscape Management Manual.
For specific guidance on native species and ecological communities contact the Directorate of Environment and Heritage Policy Development.