Under the NSW Koala Strategy, the NSW Government is investing $107.1 million over 5 years to mitigate impacts from habitat loss and climate change and to protect, restore and improve the condition of 47,000 hectares of koala habitat.
Habitat loss and climate change are the most serious threats to koala populations. To double koala numbers, significant increases in koala habitat area and condition are needed.
Key investments and 2026 targets include:
- $50.3m to add up to 15,000 hectares of koala habitat to the national park estate
- $20.3m to permanently protect 7000 hectares of koala habitat on private land
- $15.5m to coordinate the restoration of 20,000 hectares of koala habitat
- $16m to deliver 5000 hectares of landscape-scale box-gum restoration
- $5m to leverage a five-fold private sector investment
Adding koala habitat to the national park estate
The NSW Government is investing $50.3 million to permanently conserve up to 15,000 hectares of high-quality koala habitat as national park estate. Land that can help establish and secure stronghold areas is being prioritised.
Protecting koala habitat on private land
The NSW Government is investing $20.3 million to permanently protect 7000 hectares of koala habitat on private land.
Private landholders with high-quality koala habitat in populations for immediate investment can be supported to permanently conserve their koala habitat.
Support is targeted towards stronghold areas and possible via 2 programs administered by the Biodiversity Conservation Trust: Conservation Partners Program, and in-perpetuity conservation agreements with annual payments.
Coordinating koala habitat restoration
The NSW Government is investing $15.5 million to coordinate the restoration of 20,000 hectares of koala habitat.
This includes seed purchases, natural regeneration, direct planting, and working with private sector partners to deliver groundbreaking premium carbon market projects.
Koala habitat is being restored across different tenures, supporting local restoration initiatives through regional restoration summits and training for local groups.
Box-gum koala habitat restoration
The NSW Government is investing $16 million to deliver 5000 hectares of landscape-scale restoration in partnership with Taronga Conservation Society Australia.
This partnership will establish the largest box-gum woodland restoration and rewilding project ever attempted, creating climate change-resilient habitat for koalas and other threatened species. By 2026, the land will be purchased and restoration works will have commenced.
Private sector investment
The NSW Government is investing $5 million to generate partnerships which secure a fivefold private sector investment in koala conservation.
Full information on actions and targets under Pillar 1 is provided in the NSW Koala Strategy.