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This paper explores the influence of the New South Wales Threatened Species Conservation Act 1995 (TSC Act) and its predecessors upon the assessment of impacts on native fauna. There has been a move away from an overall assessment of impacts upon total biodiversity towards an approach focused on threatened species and communities. For ecological consultants dealing with the TSC Act, interpreting its many requirements can be difficult and can often lead to differences of opinion between the proponents of a development and the Determining Authority. Some of the positive and negative aspects of the TSC Act are described, and it is concluded that there is a large gap between satisfying the requirements of the Act and providing information about the effects of various activities upon the fauna and their habitats.

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Department of Land and Water Conservation 2002 Compensatory Wetlands A discussion paper under the NSW Wetlands Management Policy Department of Land and Water Conservation and NSW State Wetland Advisory Committee.
Environmental Protection Authority 2002 Terrestrial Biological Surveys as an Element of Biodiversity Protection Position Statement No.3 March 2002, Environmental Protection Authority, Perth.
Jarman, P. J. and Brock, M. A. 2004 The evolving intent, coverage and use of threatened species legislation in Australia. Pp 1-19 in Threatened Species legislation: is it just an Act? edited by P. Hutchings, D. Lunney and C. Dickman. Royal Zoological Society of NSW, Mosman, NSW, Australia.
Lunney, D., Curtin, A. L., Ayers, D., Cogger, H. G., Dickman, C. R., Maitz, W., Law, B. and Fisher, D. 2000 The threatened and non-threatened native vertebrate fauna of New South Wales: status and ecological attributes. Environmental and Heritage Monograph Series No.4. Pp 1-132. NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service, Hurstville.
NPWS and SMEC Australia 2003 Draft Threatened Species Survey & Assessment Guidelines NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service, Hurstville.
Sinclair Knight Merz and PPK Environment & Infrastructure Pty Ltd 2000 Proposed Western Sydney Orbital Environmental Impact Statement, Species Impact Statement and Working Papers.
Whelan, R., Brown, C. L. and Farrier, D. 2004 How and when might the precautionary principle be applied in threatened species conservation? Pp 49-58 in Threatened Species legislation: is it just an Act? edited by P. Hutchings, D. Lunney and C. Dickman. Royal Zoological Society of NSW, Mosman, NSW, Australia.
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