Threatened species & ecological communities

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Sarcophilus harrisii, Tasmanian Devil
The threatened mahogany glider, Wet Tropics of Queensland
Polytelis swainsonii, Superb Parrot
Macrotis lagotis, Bilby

News

Sixteen more threatened bird and mammal species will start on the road to recovery after the Australian Government today committed to improving their trajectories by 2020.
22
Jan
2016
The Minister has approved the National Recovery Plan for the Alpine Sphagnum Bogs and Associated Fens Ecological Community.
21
Jan
2016
The Minister has approved the inclusion of the Eucalypt Woodlands of the Western Australian Wheatbelt in the critically endangered category.
04
Dec
2015
The Minister has approved the removal of Notoryctes caurinus, Notoryctes typhlops from the Threatened Species List effective 3 December 2015.
03
Dec
2015
The Minister has approved the addition of Antechinus bellus, Dasyurus viverrinus, Hipposideros inornatus, Petrogale coenensis, Petrogale concinna canescens, Petrogale concinna monastria on to the Threatened Species List effective 3 December 2015.
03
Dec
2015

Australia is home to between 600,000 and 700,000 species, many of which are found nowhere else in the world. About 84 per cent of plants, 83 per cent of mammals, and 45 per cent of birds are only found in Australia.

Changes to the landscape and native habitat as a result of human activity have put many of these unique species at risk. Over the last two hundred years many species of plants and animals have become extinct. For the other species of plants and animals whose survival is threatened, a range of management and conservation measures are in place.

Ecological communities are unique and naturally occurring groups of plants and animals. Their presence can be determined by factors such as soil type, position in the landscape, climate and water availability.

The Australian Government is working in partnership with state, territory and local governments, non-government organisations, tertiary institutions and community groups to ensure the protection of our native species.

Protecting threatened species and ecological communities

The Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (EPBC Act) is the Australian Government's principal piece of environment legislation.

The EPBC Act protects Australia's native species and ecological communities by providing for:

Nominations

Any person may nominate a native species, ecological community or threatening process for listing under the EPBC Act. For more information on threatened species, ecological communities and key threatening processes, or making a nomination read more about:

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