Notification of activities affecting listed species or ecological communities in or on a Commonwealth area

Notification is required

If you are a person who undertakes an activity that results in the unintentional death, injury, trading, taking, keeping or moving of a member of a listed threatened species (except a conservation dependent species), a member of a listed threatened ecological community, all cetacean (whale, dolphin or porpoise) species, a member of a listed migratory species, or a member of a listed marine species in or on a Commonwealth area and your activity was not authorised by a permit, then you must notify the Secretary of the Department of Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities within 7 days of becoming aware of the results of your activity.

This requirement to notify applies to activities:

  • provided for, and done in accordance with, a recovery plan or a wildlife conservation plan in force under Part 13 of the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (EPBC Act); or
  • covered by an approval in operation under another Part 9 of the EPBC Act; or
  • declared by the Environment Minister as not requiring approval under Part 9 of the EPBC Act and taken in accordance with a management plan that is accredited; or
  • taken in a humane manner that are reasonably necessary to relieve or prevent suffering by a listed species or ecological community; or
  • necessary to prevent a risk to human health; or
  • necessary for the purposes of law enforcement; or
  • necessary to deal with an emergency involving a serious threat to human life or property; or
  • that occur as a result of an unavoidable accident; or
  • taken in accordance with a permit issued under regulations made under the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Act 1975; or
  • provided for, and taken in accordance with, a plan or regime that is accredited under Part 13 of the EPBC Act.

Failure to notify is an offence punishable on conviction by a fine.

Notifications should be sent to:

The Secretary
Department of the Environment
John Gorton Building
King Edward Terrace
Parkes ACT 2600
GPO Box 787
Canberra ACT 2601
Phone: +61 2 6274 1111
Fax: +61 2 6274 1666

Reports of interactions with listed species

Commonwealth managed fisheries

Interactions with protected species reports from October 2009 are available on the AFMA website.

Queensland managed fisheries

Western Australian managed fisheries