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

If you want some tips to help you write a submission check out these resources from the Australian GovernmentThe Change Toolkit and Our Community. We have also developed a ‘Guide to engaging with your MP’.

Current consultations

If you know of a policy consultation that you think ESA members would be interested in, please email

Past submissions

Review of the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act (EPBC Act)


Other submissions in 2020


Public Statements and Letters

Quarterly Policy Bulletin