ACT Flora and Fauna Committee
The Flora and Fauna Committee is an independent body of seven experts in biodiversity and/or ecology that advises the Minister in relation to nature conservation.
In particular, the Committee advises the Minister about the species and ecological communities that are threatened with extinction, and processes that are ecologically threatening, and recommends they be declared accordingly. A species may be declared as either vulnerable or endangered, depending on the degree of threat to its survival. A community is declared as endangered and a process as threatening.
Where the Minister accepts a Committee recommendation for declaration, the Minister makes the declaration, which is formal recognition of a conservation threat.
The Flora and Fauna Committee uses specified criteria to assess nominations for declaration of a species, community or process. Assessments must be made in a regional context and on nature conservation grounds only. The criteria were published in 1995 and revised in 2008.
The Conservator of Flora and Fauna is obliged to develop a management response to each declaration by way of an Action Plan.
The Fauna and Flora Committee was established in 1994 by an amendment to the Nature Conservation Act 1980. Committee Members are appointed by the Minister on a part-time basis for three year terms.
Committee members and achievements are outlined in the Committee's most recent Annual report.