In 2004, the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP, then Department of Sustainability and Environment), published the Victorian Koala Management Strategy. This strategy finally is being reviewed.
With koala population and range declines occurring at an unprecedented rate in NSW and Qld, the conservation significance of Victoria’s koalas is even more important than it was in 2004. However, the old challenges to conservation (habitat clearance, wildfire, disease etc) still remain, and we face new challenges including the effects of climate change, and changing land use (e.g. plantations, urbanisation). Considering all of these challenges in one strategy will be a challenge in itself!