Species Profile and Threats Database

For information to assist in referral, environmental assessment and compliance issues, refer to the Listing Advice and/or Conservation Advice and Recovery Plan. The Listing and/or Conservation Advice define the national ecological community and may include Key Diagnostic Characteristics, Condition Thresholds, Priority Research and Conservation Actions and additional considerations.
In addition, for recovery planning, mitigation and conservation information, refer to the Recovery Plan (where available) or the Conservation Advice.

EPBC Act Listing Status Listed as Endangered
Date Effective 25 Nov 2011
Listing and Conservation Advices For ecological communities listed from 2013 onwards, there is no separate listing advice. Instead, the advice from the Threatened Species Scientific Committee regarding the listing status of the ecological community and recommendation regarding a recovery plan are contained within the Conservation Advice.
Commonwealth Listing Advice on Arnhem Plateau Sandstone Shrubland Complex (Threatened Species Scientific Committee (TSSC), 2011bc) [Listing Advice].
Appendices to Commonwealth Listing Advice on Arnhem Plateau Sandstone Shrubland Complex (Threatened Species Scientific Committee (TSSC), 2011bf) [Listing Advice].
Commonwealth Conservation Advice on Arnhem Plateau Sandstone Shrubland Complex (Threatened Species Scientific Committee (TSSC), 2011bd) [Conservation Advice].
Recovery Plan Decision Recovery Plan required, actions required to conserve and promote recovery of the ecological community include short and longer term activities that need to be evaluated and prioritised through the preparation of a recovery plan. A recovery plan would promote a coordinated approach to recover the ecological community and provide guidance to land managers (11/11/2011).
Adopted/Made Recovery Plans
Other EPBC Act Plans
Policy Statements and other Information Sheets Arnhem Plateau Sandstone Heath ecological community (Department of Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities (DSEWPaC), 2012e) [Information Sheet].
Federal Register of Legislative Instruments Inclusion of ecological communities in the list of threatened ecological communities under section 181 of the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 - Arnhem Plateau Sandstone Shrubland Complex (11/11/2011) (Commonwealth of Australia, 2011q) [Legislative Instrument].
Indicative Distribution Map(s) Map of Arnhem Plateau Sandstone Shrubland Complex (Department of Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities (DSEWPaC), 2011ab) [Indicative Map].
Distribution Map Community Distribution Map

This map has been compiled from datasets with a range of scales and quality. Species or ecological community distributions included in this map are only indicative and not meant for local assessment. Planning or investment decisions at a local scale should seek some form of ground-truthing to confirm the existence of the species or ecological community at locations of interest. Such assessments should refer to the text of the Listing Advice, which is the legal entity protected under the EPBC Act.

For the legal definition of the ecological community please refer to the listing advice and other documents under Legal Status and Documents.

The following flora species occur in the Arnhem Plateau Sandstone Shrubland Complex ecological community and are listed under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (EPBC Act) and Territory Parks and Wildlife Conservation Act 2000 (TPWC Act) (Northern Territory) (TSSC 2011bf):

Scientific name Family TPWC Act EPBC Act
Boronia laxa Rutaceae Near Threatened  
Boronia prolixa Rutaceae Near Threatened  
Boronia quadrilata Rutaceae Vulnerable Vulnerable
Boronia rupicola Rutaceae Near Threatened  
Boronia suberosa Rutaceae Near Threatened  
Boronia tolerans Rutaceae Vulnerable  
Boronia verecunda Rutaceae Near Threatened  
Boronia viridiflora Rutaceae Vulnerable Vulnerable
Boronia xanthastrum Rutaceae Near Threatened  
Calytrix inopinata Myrtaceae Near Threatened  
Calytrix micrairoides Myrtaceae Near Threatened  
Calytrix rupestris Myrtaceae Near Threatened  
Calytrix surdiviperana Myrtaceae Near Threatened  
Cycas arenicola Cycadaceae Near Threatened  
Grevillea polyacida Proteaceae Near Threatened  
Grevillea versicolor Proteaceae Vulnerable  
Hibiscus brennanii Malvaceae Vulnerable Vulnerable
Hibiscus menzeliae Malvaceae Near Threatened  
Hibiscus symonii Malvaceae Near Threatened  
Lithomyrtus grandifolia Myrtaceae Near Threatened  
Lithomyrtus linariifolia Myrtaceae Vulnerable  
Micraira compacta Poaceae Near Threatened  
Micraira multinervia Poaceae Near Threatened  
Micraira pungens Poaceae Near Threatened  
Micraira subspicata Poaceae Near Threatened  
Micraira viscidula Poaceae Near Threatened  
Neobyrnesia suberosa Rutaceae Near Threatened  
Ochrosperma sulcatum Myrtaceae Near Threatened  
Pityrodia serrata Lamiaceae Near Threatened  
Triodia contorta Poaceae Near Threatened  
Triodia uniaristata Poaceae Near Threatened  

The following fauna species occur in the Arnhem Plateau Sandstone Shrubland Complex ecological community and are listed under the EPBC Act and TPWC Act (TSSC 2011bf):

Group Scientific name Common name Conservation status
Birds  Amytornis woodwardi white-throated grasswren Vulnerable  
Ardeotis australis Australian bustard Vulnerable  
Dromaius novaehollandiae emu Vulnerable  
Erythrotriorchis radiatus red goshawk Vulnerable Vulnerable
Erythrura gouldiae gouldian finch Endangered Endangered
Falcunculus frontatus whitei crested shrike-tit (northern) Vulnerable Vulnerable
Geophaps smithii smithii partridge pigeon Vulnerable Vulnerable
Tyto novaehollandiae kimberli masked owl (north Australian mainland) Vulnerable Vulnerable
Mammals Conilurus penicillatus brush-tailed rabbit rat Vulnerable Vulnerable
Dasyurus hallucatus northern quoll Critically Endangered Endangered
Hipposideros diadema inornatus Arnhem leaf-nosed bat Vulnerable  
Isoodon auratus golden bandicoot (presumed extinct on mainland) Endangered Vulnerable
Mesembriomys macrurus golden-backed tree-rat Critically Endangered Vulnerable
Notomys aquilo northern hopping-mouse Vulnerable Vulnerable
Phascogale pirata northern brush-tailed phascogale Vulnerable Vulnerable
Zyzomys maini Arnhem rock-rat Vulnerable Vulnerable
Reptiles Egernia obiri Arnhem land egernia Endangered Endangered
Morelia oenpelliensis Oenpelli python Vulnerable  
Varanus mertensi Merten's water monitor Vulnerable  
Varanus panoptes yellow-spotted monitor Vulnerable  

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This database is designed to provide statutory, biological and ecological information on species and ecological communities, migratory species, marine species, and species and species products subject to international trade and commercial use protected under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (the EPBC Act). It has been compiled from a range of sources including listing advice, recovery plans, published literature and individual experts. While reasonable efforts have been made to ensure the accuracy of the information, no guarantee is given, nor responsibility taken, by the Commonwealth for its accuracy, currency or completeness. The Commonwealth does not accept any responsibility for any loss or damage that may be occasioned directly or indirectly through the use of, or reliance on, the information contained in this database. The information contained in this database does not necessarily represent the views of the Commonwealth. This database is not intended to be a complete source of information on the matters it deals with. Individuals and organisations should consider all the available information, including that available from other sources, in deciding whether there is a need to make a referral or apply for a permit or exemption under the EPBC Act.

Citation: Department of the Environment (2014). Arnhem Plateau Sandstone Shrubland Complex in Community and Species Profile and Threats Database, Department of the Environment, Canberra. Available from: Accessed 2014-09-21T23:42:00EST.