Draft threat abatement plan for disease in natural ecosystems caused by Phytophthora cinnamomi

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Department of Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities, 2013


Phytophthora cinnamomi is a species of water mould, which causes the plant disease commonly referred to as "dieback" in both native plant species and susceptible forestry species, and has been recognised under the EPBC Act 1999 as a serious threat to many native plant species and the ecosystems that host them.

P. cinnamomi is believed to have been introduced into Australia at the time of European settlement and has spread to all Australian states and territories. The area of Australian native vegetation affected by P. cinnamomi exceeds a million hectares, and continues to increase each year.

In the worst instances P. cinnamomi can and has caused a major modification of the structure and composition of the native plant communities, a significant reduction in primary productivity of the ecosystems that host these plant communities and for other plants and the animals that are part of these communities, the loss or degradation of their habitat.

Due to the ability of P. cinnamomi to cause plant disease and potential plant death, the draft Threat Abatement Plan (TAP) refers to this species of water mould as a pathogen.

Public consultation

The Minister for Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities has released the draft 'Threat abatement plan for disease in natural ecosystems caused by Phytophthora cinnamomi' for three-month public consultation from 20 February 2013 to 20 May 2013.


About the threat abatement plan (TAP)

The draft plan provides a national strategy to guide the investment and effort by the Australian Government, jurisdictions, research organisations and non-government organisations in abating the impacts of Phytophthora cinnamomi on key species and ecological communities.

The objectives of the draft plan are:

  1. Identify, prioritise and reduce the impact of P. cinnamomi on:
    • key biodiversity assets for protection
    • areas where there is potential for P. cinnamomi to cause native species or ecological communities not yet listed to become eligible for listing under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999.
  2. Communicate information, and raise awareness, among stakeholders about P. cinnamomi, its impacts on biodiversity, as well as the actions which address those impacts under the plan.

Guidelines for submissions

To provide a submission, please download the cover sheet and the comments sheet and fill in the details.

Important: A cover sheet must accompany all submissions

Where to send your submissions

Return BOTH the cover sheet and the comments sheet by email or post:


Environmental Biosecurity Section
Department of Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities
GPO Box 787
Canberra ACT 2601

For further information, or to request a hard copy of the document, please call 1800 803 772.


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