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Review of State Environmental Planning Policy 44 – Koala Habitat Protection


Consultation has now closed on the Explanation of Intended Effect: State Environmental Planning Policy 44 – Koala Habitat Protection.


The Explanation of Intended Effect (EIE) outlines the intent of the proposed amendment of State Environmental Planning Policy 44 – Koala Habitat Protection (SEPP 44).


The EIE describes how the various parts of the proposed amendment will work and what we are seeking to achieve. The key changes in the proposed amended SEPP relate to the:

  • definitions of koala habitat;
  • list of tree species;
  • list of councils; and
  • development assessment process.


We will also transfer the strategic planning outcomes in SEPP 44 to the Local Planning Directions under section 9.1 of the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979.


Read the EIE document

Explanation of Intended Effect was on public exhibition from 18 November 2016 through 03 March 2017.


Thank you to all who have taken the time to provide feedback on various aspects of the proposed changes to SEPP 44.


Next Steps

The Department is reviewing the submissions and feedback we received. We will publish updates as the review progresses.


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Page last updated: 27/05/2019