Threatened species, ecological communities and key threatening processes nomination forms and guidelines

Making a nomination

Nominations are now invited for threatened species, threatened ecological communities or key threatening processes to be considered for listing under national environment law. Nominations may be submitted until 5 pm on Thursday 31 March 2016. For further information regarding the call for nominations, email The priorities for assessment will be determined in July 2016, and the assessment period for the prioritised nominations will commence 1 October 2016.

For more information see:

Nomination forms and guidelines

These forms cover the requirements of the Threatened Species Scientific Committee and EPBC Regulations. Please use the following nomination forms and guidelines to prepare your nomination:

Threatened species

For listing or changing the conservation status of a native species under the EPBC Act:

On 3rd November 2014 the Threatened Species Scientific Committee revised its Indicative Thresholds used to judge the subjective terms provided by the EPBC Act criteria for assessment of eligibility for inclusion listing in the categories of vulnerable, endangered and critically endangered in the list of threatened species. The revised Indicative Thresholds more closely align with the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) criteria for assessing a species for inclusion on the IUCN Red List. The prescribed criteria for the Committee to assess a species as eligible for listing as threatened under the EPBC Act outlined in Part 7, 7.01 of the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Regulations 2000 (EPBC Regulations) limit the Committee's ability to fully align with IUCN criteria, particularly under Criteria D (4), where the EPBC Regulations do not provide for listing as vulnerable under IUCN criterion D2 (restricted population).

For delisting a native species under the EPBC Act:

Threatened ecological communities

For listing or changing the conservation status of an ecological community under the EPBC Act:

The Guidelines and Nomination form are the key documents for preparing nominations, however, it is advised that you also consider the following document before preparing a full nomination:

As an example of an ecological community nomination which provides the type and quality of information required to enable consideration for assessment see below. (Please note that this example uses an older version of the nominations form.)

Key threatening processes

For listing a key threatening process under the EPBC Act:

Note: there is a listed KTP for invasive species, 'Novel biota and their impact on biodiversity' which includes all invasive species. If you are considering nominating an invasive species, please contact the Department at the email address below to discuss your nomination prior to filling in the nomination form.

Frequently asked questions

These frequently asked questions provide additional information about key threatening processes.

Frequently asked questions - key threatening processes (PDF - 89.89 KB)
Frequently asked questions - key threatening processes (DOCX - 58.6 KB) ​

Submitting your nomination

Completed nominations may be lodged either electronically (preferred) or in hard copy. Where possible, hard copy submissions should be accompanied by an electronic copy on memory stick.



Nomination Officer
Species Information and Policy Section
Department of the Environment
GPO Box 787
Canberra ACT 2601

For further information, contact the Nomination Officer: