Conditions of use for the Threatened Fauna Adviser
- The recommendations provided by the Threatened Fauna Adviser (TFA) only apply to activities covered by the Tasmanian forest practices system (to determine which activities require consideration, check the Tasmanian Forest Practices Regulations and the Tasmanian Forest Practices Act 1985).
- Lack of inclusion of a currently listed species potentially present in a proposed forest practices plan area, or of a species listed since the release of the TFA, does not imply that management actions are not required. Further advice will need to be sought from the Forest Practices Authority (FPA) for these situations.
- All recommendations delivered through the TFA are based on current knowledge and expert opinion and they may change as new information becomes available. Further advice must be sought from the FPA if there is any doubt regarding the applicability of the recommended actions delivered by the TFA in a particular situation.
- The use of the words 'will' and 'should' and their synonyms (e.g. 'must' and 'shall') are the same as defined in the Forest Practices Code.
- The TFA should only be used for planning purposes by people who have been trained and accredited in its use by the FPA.
- Users must run the TFA for each scenario presented by the proposed forest practices plan (FPP) e.g. roading, harvesting, different stream classes, different operation types, etc.
- Forest Practices Officers (FPOs) should ensure that the certified FPP includes all relevant management advice in relation to threatened fauna. Appropriate wording must be included in the FPP. The recommended action delivered by the TFA should be translated into a management prescription in the FPP worded such that the action is clear to those responsible for implementing the FPP (e.g. contractor and supervisors).
- FPOs must check that the recommended actions delivered by the TFA are current prior to certifying an FPP or variation to a plan. It is also recommended that biodiversity evaluations are reviewed if operations do not commence within, at most, six months of FPP certification. This review will include, as a minimum, a check of the locality database information (e.g. known localities on the Biodiversity Values Database). For some species (e.g. swift parrot, wedge-tailed eagle), it may be appropriate to re-check known locality information just prior to the start of the operation. If there is new information that might influence actions required, the FPA should be contacted for advice.
- Where the recommendations delivered by the TFA require contact to be made with the FPA, such contact can be made in various ways including a formal 'notification for advice', email or phone call. In many cases, a phone call or email with an accompanying map will allow initial advice to be provided.