ESA Policy

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

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


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.

Current consultations

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

Recent submissions

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)

Other submissions in 2020


Public Statements and Letters

ESA Policy Bulletin

September 2020


ESA Envoys

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 –