Migratory species are those animals that migrate to Australia and its external territories, or pass though or over Australian waters during their annual migrations. Examples of migratory species are species of birds (e.g. albatrosses and petrels), mammals (e.g. whales) or reptiles.
Listed migratory species are those listed in the:
- Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (Bonn Convention)
- China-Australia Migratory Bird Agreement (CAMBA)
- Japan-Australia Migratory Bird Agreement (JAMBA)
Listed migratory species also include any native species identified in an international agreement approved by the Minister. The Minister may approve an international agreement for this purpose if satisfied that it is an agreement relevant to the conservation of migratory species.
Protecting migratory species
All species on the list of migratory species are matters of national environmental significance under the EPBC Act. An action will require approval if the action has, will have, or is likely to have, a significant impact on a listed migratory species. The action must be referred to the Minister and undergo an environmental assessment and approval process. Note, that some migratory species are also listed as threatened species.
- Assessment and approval process
- Protected matters search tool — use the tool to find Commonwealth marine areas in your area of interest
- Significant impact guidelines — matters of national environmental significance
- Policy statement — Interaction between offshore seismic exploration and whales