Novel biota and their impact on biodiversity
Advice to the Minister for Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities from the Threatened Species Scientific Committee (TSSC) on Amendments to the List of Key Threatening Processes under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (EPBC Act)
26 February 2013
- Listing advice - Novel biota and their impact on biodiversity (PDF - 548 KB) | (Word - 943 KB)
- Threat abatement guidelines - Novel biota and their impact on biodiversity (PDF - 82 KB) | (Word - 48 KB)
The Minister's Reasons for Threat Abatement Plan decision.
Date of decision - 23/1/2013:
The detrimental impact that invasive novel biota are having across Australia through predation, grazing and competition, disease, ecosystem alteration and genetic effects is well documented.
Following independent advice and public consultation, it is considered that a threat abatement plan would not be the most feasible, effective or efficient mechanism to manage such a broad threatening process. In addition to existing management measures that are in place at a national scale, state and territory governments have management measures in place for plant and animal weeds and pests that contribute to the management of threats arising from novel biota.
Overarching threat abatement guidelines have been developed and these will interact with existing management measures.
The decision not to have a threat abatement plan for 'Novel biota and their impact on biodiversity' can be reviewed by the Minister at any time within five years of the listing of this key threatening process. Following a review, a threat abatement plan(s) could be implemented if it is considered to be a feasible, efficient and effective way to abate the threat at that time.