It is the responsibility of the Conservation Officer to be aware of conservation issues across Australasia and their likely impact on native orchids. To be effective these issues should initially be reported to an ANOS group conservation officer for a response and then if necessary to the national conservation officer, who will either jointly or individually compose a response to the situation.
To enable effective and efficient conservation, all ANOS members should be aware of proposed private and government development in their region. Notices appear in local and national newspapers regarding these developments and also on the Websites of state and federal governments. Within the list of developments seeking approval will be documents relating to an Environmental Impact Statement or a Species Impact Statement. These documents are for public comment and members should read them, as local orchid knowledge is often more detailed than studies by consultants. If any irregularities are obvious as to the omission of Vulnerable or Endangered orchids known by locals to occur within a development area then action should be taken.