Here are the Draft Terms of Reference for the report which the applicant must write about the potential impact of importing live bumblebees, Bombus terrestris, to Australia:
1. Provide a summary of the proposed activity, including the intended use of the specimens (e.g. pet, commercial, scientific), the number of individuals to be imported, and the way in which the specimen(s) will be kept and transported.
2. Provide information on the taxonomy of the species.
3. Describe the current status of the species in its natural range.
4. Describe the current status of the species in Australia.
5. Assess the likelihood of the species becoming established in the Australian environment.
6. Assess the consequences of the species becoming established in the Australian environment.
7. Provide information and results of any other similar assessments undertaken on the species.
8. Provide information on all other relevant Commonwealth, State, and Territory legislative controls on the species and the assessments upon which these controls were based.
9. Assess what conditions or restrictions, if any, could be applied to the import of the species to reduce any potential for negative environmental impacts.
10. Provide an overall analysis of the potential impacts of importing the species. Include both the potential impacts of the particular import that is proposed, and the potential impacts of the species per se (i.e. the potential impacts on the environment should the specimen(s) ever be released from effective human control).
The full version of this Draft Terms of Reference document can be found at this website:
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