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Flying-foxes are the largest flying mammals in the world, acting as long-range seed dispersers and pollinators for a large number of native trees.

As gaps between forested areas become wider, flying-foxes are being found in backyards and orchards, and even establishing new roost sites in urban areas. This can bring flying-foxes into conflict with people.

The Queensland Government has implemented two significant reforms for flying-fox management.

The first reform, implemented in 2012, allows commercial growers to apply for damage mitigation permits for the lethal control of flying-foxes as a last resort crop protection measure, in accordance with a code of practice and with limited statewide quotas as agreed by the Commonwealth Government.

The second reform, implemented in 2013, introduces a new approach to management of flying fox roosts, including:

  • An as-of-right authority for local governments to manage, including disperse, flying-fox roosts in defined urban areas without the need for a permit under the Nature Conservation Act 1992, in accordance with a code of practice.
  • An as-of-right authority for all persons to undertake low impact activities (e.g. weeding, mulching, mowing and minor tree trimming) at flying-fox roosts in accordance with a code of practice.
  • A new permitting process for any activities that are not authorised as-of-right.

These reforms contain important limitations and safeguards to ensure the sustainability of Queensland’s flying-fox species will not be put at risk.

Last updated
27 July 2016