Butterflies in Australian Conservation Legislation

  • Tim R. New


As elsewhere in the world, much of the impetus for butterfly conservation in Australia has arisen through particular species being signaled as ‘threatened’ in some way and, progressively, through the inclusion of such taxa in formal advisory or legislative schedules of ‘protected species’, a step which may oblige further attention and, if needed, practical conservation management. In general, such listings have been an important part of conservation advocacy, but may cause strong reactions and have not always led to adequate practical management. Australia’s conservation legislation caters widely for threatened species, and operates at the twin levels of Commonwealth and individual State or Territory. The latter vary considerably in the provisions and coverage of the acts, and the contexts and implications for butterflies are discussed below.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of ZoologyLa Trobe UniversityVictoriaAustralia

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