The Flora and Fauna Guarantee Act (FFG Act) has not been a successful framework for protecting and restoring Victoria’s biodiversity. It is well overdue for an overhaul. The Victorian government needs to do better at protecting threatened species and at the same time, do more to reverse trajectories of decline.
The FFG Act is currently being reviewed by the Victorian Government. Environmental Justice Australia has prepared a detailed proposal for how the FFG Act should be reformed to make it an effective and efficient nature protection law for Victoria.
In the five-point plan below, we set out the key elements of our proposal for the FFG Act. If each component were adopted by the Victorian Government, the FFG Act would be a much more effective and efficient system for protecting and restoring Victoria’s biodiversity.
Also below is our full proposal, covering:
1. Context – why the importance of biodiversity laws
2. Recommended framework for a reformed FFG Act
3. Foundations (purpose, principles, objectives application)
4. Landscape scale conservation and ecological restoration
5. Threatened species management
6. Enforcement and accountability
7. At what cost?