Koalas are a protected animal
Currently koalas are only listed as “vulnerable” in Qld, NSW and ACT. They are considered “common” in Victoria and South Australia despite their dramatic decline in numbers and lack effective protection. Worse yet, the habitat upon which they depend is continuing to cleared at a rapid rate - even after the drastic loss of forests in the recent fire seasons.
Interesting fact: Australia has one of the highest rates of mammalian extinction and deforestation amongst developed countries incredible as that may seem. Queensland Koala Crusaders is lobbying to have koalas designated as endangered so that they can be fully and properly protected from the actions that threaten their continued existence