Threatened Species List
A species or ecological community is threatened if it is likely to become extinct in the foreseeable future. A process is threatening if it has the potential to threaten the survival of a species or community in the ACT region.
The Nature Conservation Act 2014 establishes a formal process for the identification and protection of threatened species and ecological communities.
It requires the Scientific Committee to advise the Minister of: native species and ecological communities that are threatened in the ACT; and ecologically significant threatening processes and recommend that they be listed accordingly. A species may be listed in a national category as Extinct, Extinct in the Wild, Critically Endangered, Endangered, Vulnerable, Conservation Dependent or listed in a regional category as Regionally Threatened, Regionally Conservation Dependent or Provisional, as an indication of the degree of threat to its continued existence. An ecological community may be listed as Collapsed, Critically Endangered, Endangered, Vulnerable or Provisional. A process may be listed as a key threatening process. Listing is formal recognition of a conservation threat.
The species and ecological communities listed in the table below are listed in accordance with the provisions of the Nature Conservation Act. No threatening processes are listed to date.
The formal listing of these species is published in Notifiable Instrument NI2016-265 on the ACT legislation register. The formal listing of threatened ecological communities is published in Notifiable Instrument NI2015-437 on the ACT legislation register.
Brindabella Midge Orchid
Canberra Spider Orchid
Grassland Earless Dragon
Golden Sun Moth
Murray River Crayfish
Natural Temperate Grassland
An ecological community
Northern Corroboree Frog
Pink-tailed Worm Lizard
Small Purple Pea
Striped Legless Lizard
Tarengo leek orchid
Yellow Box/Red Gum Grassy Woodland
An ecological community
Any person or organisation may make a nomination to the ACT Scientific Committee requesting that the Committee recommend the listing of a species, ecological community or threatening process. The criteria for listing threatened species and communities are based on the equivalent IUCN criteria and are published in these disallowable instruments:
DI2016-254 - Threatened Native Species Eligibility Criteria
DI2016-255 - Threatened Ecological Communities Eligibility Criteria
DI2016-256 - Key Threatening Processes Eligibility Criteria
A Conservation Advice is prepared at the time of listing for each newly listed species. The Minister decides if a management response to each listing, by way of an action plan, is required to be prepared by the Conservator of Flora and Fauna. A draft of each action plan must be released for public comment. A summary of each final action plan and the Conservation Advice is available as a Threatened Species Factsheet. The Conservator must provide a report on the monitoring of the effectiveness of action plans at least every 5 years. The Scientific Committee must review an action plan every 10 years after the plan commences.
If you would like further information about making a nomination:
Phone: Access Canberra on 13 22 81
Write to: Secretariat - ACT Scientific Committee
Environment Planning and Sustainable Development Directorate
GPO Box 158, Canberra, ACT 2601