Threatened Species Scientific Committee
The Threatened Species Scientific Committee (the Committee) is an independent committee of eminent conservation scientists that provides the Minister for the Environment with advice on matters relating to listing, conservation and recovery of threatened species and ecological communities, and listing and abatement of key threatening processes.
The establishment of the Threatened Species Scientific Committee is provided for under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (EPBC Act). The EPBC Act also sets out the functions of the Committee. These include advising the Minister in relation to:
- the amendment and updating of lists for threatened species, threatened ecological communities and key threatening processes
- making and adopting of recovery plans and threat abatement plans
- approved conservation advices
- other matters relating to the conservation of threatened native flora and fauna at the Minister’s request
The Committee can consult with the broader community including scientific experts, in relation to assessments being undertaken.
Any person may nominate a native species, ecological community or threatening process for consideration for assessment by the Committee for listing. More information on how to make a nomination and the assessment process is available at nominations. Expert groups are invited to consider undertaking assessments of groups of taxa. More information on this process is available at Species Expert Assessment Plan. Information can also be found on nominations not prioritised for assessment and nominations determined to be data deficient.
For Threatened Species Scientific Committee advices on threatened species, ecological communities and key threatening processes please refer to the Species Profile and Threats Database (SPRAT). The Committee advice to the Minister is also available for species and ecological communities assessed and determine as ineligible for listing, disallowed and removed from the list. Copies of reports for ecological community workshops and other publications can be found on the publications page.
Members of the Threatened Species Scientific Committee
Members collectively have extensive knowledge and experience of flora and fauna conservation and ecology, with specific expertise ranging from marine and freshwater ecology, molecular ecology, invertebrate and vertebrate taxa, botany, plant ecology and community engagement.
- Professor Helene Marsh (Chair)
- Professor Peter Harrison
- Dr Andrea Taylor
- Dr William Humphreys
- Dr Michelle Heupel
- Dr Sue McIntyre
- Judy Backhouse
- Dr Sarah Legge
- Professor Stuart Bunn
- Professor David Keith
Advice on specific issues
The Committee can advise the Minister regarding matters relating to the administration of the EPBC Act.
Contact the Committee
Threatened Species Scientific Committee Secretariat
c/- Species Information and Policy Section
Department of the Environment
GPO Box 787
Canberra ACT 2601
Tel: +61 2 6274 1052 / +61 2 6274 1943