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Daisy Hill Conservation Park protects habitat for threatened koalas. Photo: Queensland Government.

Daisy Hill Conservation Park protects habitat for threatened koalas. Photo: Queensland Government.

Koalas

Under Queensland’s Nature Conservation Act 1992, koalas are listed as ‘regionally vulnerable’ in the South East Queensland Bioregion (New South Wales border to Gladstone, and west to Toowoomba). Outside of this bioregion the koala is 'of least concern' (common) in Queensland but still protected.

In the national context, in 2012, the Commonwealth Government listed the koala as ‘vulnerable’ in Queensland under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (Commonwealth).

Koalas are more secure throughout the rest of Queensland but this could change unless care is taken to protect their remaining habitat and reduce some of the threats posed by people. Many koalas are killed or injured by vehicle strikes or dog attacks (PDF), some drown in backyard pools and others are affected by disease or natural predators.

Last updated
7 August 2017