Extensions to EPBC Act listing assessment and decision timeframes

The Minister has granted extensions on the following items.

Species

Strepera fuliginosa colei black currawong (King Island)

The assessment timeframe for this species has been extended from 30 September 2014 to 30 September 2015 to provide time for the Threatened Species Scientific Committee to consider additional information arising from surveying across the species range scheduled for April 2015.

Caladenia porphyrea

The assessment timeframe for this plant has been extended from 30 September 2014 to 30 June 2015 to provide time for the taxonomy to be confirmed through scientific publication.

Bossiaea peninsularis (sword bosseae), Hibbertia abyssa, Olearia arkaringensis (Arckaringa daisy), Solanum dissectum, and Solanum johnsonianum

The assessment timeframe for these plants has been extended from 30 March 2016 to 30 September 2016 to allow adequate time for technical analysis and consultation.

Gymnobelideus leadbeateri Leadbeater’s possum

The assessment timeframe for this species has been extended from 15 May 2014 to 11 December 2014 to provide time for the Threatened Species Scientific Committee to consider the changes proposed following Victoria’s agreement to implement all changes recommended by the Leadbeater’s Possum Advisory Group.

Ecological Communities

Eucalyptus ovata woodland and forest in Tasmania’ ecological community

The assessment timeframe for this ecological community has been extended from 30 April 2015 to 30 April 2016 to allow adequate time for technical analysis and consultation.

Extension to assessment timeframes for six ecological community assessments

Due to complexities in the listing assessments, including the need for further collection of data and consultation, the Minister has granted extensions to the assessment timeframes for the following ecological communities:

  • Eucalypt woodlands of the Western Australian Wheatbelt – extended to 31 July 2015
  • Banksia dominated woodlands of the Swan Coastal Plain bioregion – extended to 31 July 2015
  • Natural Temperate Grassland of the South Eastern Highlands and New England Tablelands (listing review for Natural Temperate Grassland of the Southern Tablelands of NSW and the ACT) – decision timeframe extended to 30 September 2015
  • Hinterland sand flats forest and woodland ecological community - extended to 30 September 2014.
  • Posidonia seagrass meadows ecological community - extended to 31 December 2014.
  • Eucalypt woodlands of the Western Australian Wheatbelt ecological community - extended to 31 December 2014.

Key Threatening Processes

‘Fire regimes that cause biodiversity decline’ (formerly ‘contemporary fire regimes resulting in the loss of vegetation heterogeneity and biodiversity throughout Australia)’

The assessment timeframe for this key threatening process nomination was extended from 30 September 2010 until 31 March 2011 due to a delay in the public consultation period which occurred as a result of the tragic Victorian bushfires. The extension allowed the TSSC to consider the information learned in enquiries following these tragic fires.

The Threatened Species Scientific Committee provided its finalised advice to the Minister in March 2011.

The timeframe for the Minister to make a decision on whether to list this key threatening process was extended to 31 August 2013 to allow for further consultation with state and territory governments and to allow the Minister to consider the department's review of key threatening processes. This timeframe was then further extended to 29 November 2013 to allow the Committee to review the further input from the states and territories.