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.
To support members who would like to write a submission, or make contact with their local MP, we have developed and collated the following resources.
- Making a submission – Australian Government
- Writing effective submissions – The Change Toolkit
- Tips for writing a submission – Community Law
- ESA’s ‘Guide to engaging with your MP’.
Inquiry – Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Amendment (Regional Forest Agreements) Bill 2020 – closes 19 March 2021
Inquiry – Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Amendment (Standards and Assurance) Bill 2021 – closes 25 March 2021
Inquiry – Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Amendment (Save the Koala) Bill 2021 – closes 8 April 2021
If you know of a policy consultation that you think ESA members would be interested in, please email email@example.com
Joint submission by the Society for Conservation Biology Oceania and the Ecological Society of Australia – Threatened Species Strategy (2021–31) (November 2020)
Submission to Review of Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) and the Engagement and Impact Assessment (EI) and response to survey questions (October 2020).
Review of the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act (EPBC Act)
- ESA Response to the EPBC Final Report (March 2021)
- ESA Response to the EPBC Interim Report (August 2020)
Top 5 recommendations – The independent review of the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 – Discussion paper (April 2020)
Submission to the independent review of the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 – Discussion paper (April 2020)
Other submissions in 2020
Submission to the Inquiry into Ecosystem Decline in Victoria (July 2020)
Submission to the Inquiry into the problem of feral and domestic cats in Australia (July 2020)
- Final report – Tackling the feral cat pandemic: a plan to save Australian wildlife (December 2020)
Submission to the Finance and Public Administration References Committee for inquiry and report, “Lessons to be learned in relation to the preparation and planning for, response to and recovery efforts following the 2019-20 Australian bushfire season” (May 2020)
- 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 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)
Public Statements and Letters
ESA Policy Bulletin
ESA Envoy is a relatively new program for the ESA, launched in December 2019. The ESA’s 10 Envoys have an important role in amplifying the ESA’s outreach efforts by providing a voice for ecology in Australia. Our Envoys are establishing connections with their local MPs, and communicating ecological knowledge and experience that can support evidence-based policy- and decision-making.
The ESA is a non-partisan organisation and does not engage in politics. The role of Envoys is to represent the broader Australian ecological community, inform MPs on ecological matters, and be their contact for ecological questions. ESA Envoys are volunteer roles, and they receive training and support from the ESA and ESA partners in things like: science communication, understanding the policy cycle, and how to arrange meetings with Parliamentarians.
If you’re interested in joining the Envoy program, please send us an email – firstname.lastname@example.org