Koala (Phascolarctos cinereus)

Assessment Summary

The koala (Phascolarctos cinereus) is a marsupial endemic to the eastern seaboard of mainland Australia where it occurs in a patchy distribution from approximately Adelaide in South Australia to Cairns in Queensland. It has become established outside its natural range as a consequence of deliberate translocations and escapes. Translocated populations are predominantly on islands in Victoria and South Australia.

Where populations have established in new areas there have been ongoing management issues as a consequence of over-population. Management of these populations has been difficult and of limited success.

In Tasmania, the koala is a 'controlled animal' under the Nature Conservation Act 2002.

This risk assessment estimates that there is a high risk of koalas establishing in Tasmania, with potential for extreme consequences. The assessment concludes that koalas represent an extreme threat to Tasmania. Based on the outcome of the risk assessment it is recommended that koalas are not permitted entry into Tasmania.

Assessment Documentation

  Koala (Phascolarctos cinereus)   (468Kb)

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