Significant impact guidelines for the endangered southern cassowary (Casuarius casuarius johnsonii) Wet Tropics population

Department of the Environment, Water, Heritage and the Arts, 2010

Nationally threatened species and ecological communities
EPBC Act policy statement 3.15

About this policy statement

The southern cassowary (Casuarius casuarius johnsonii) is listed as endangered under national environment law, the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (EPBC Act). The southern cassowary is also a listed value of the Wet Tropics of Queensland World Heritage Area and National Heritage Place.

Listed threatened species and ecological communities, world heritage areas and national heritage places are matters of national environmental significance. Under the EPBC Act, an action will require approval from the federal environment minister if the action has, will have, or is likely to have a ‘significant impact’ on a matter of national environmental significance.

The policy statement should be read in conjunction with the EPBC Act Policy Statement 1.1 Significant Impact Guidelines – Matters of National Environmental Significance.

There may be other EPBC Act policy statements available which provide further guidance.

These documents were produced through consultation with a range of stakeholders including species experts, state agencies and environmental consultants. They have been available for public comment and where appropriate changes have been made. These documents will be reviewed and updated as new information becomes available. If you have any new information on the southern cassowary please forward it to

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