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Listing and changing the conservation class of Queensland species

All plant and vertebrate species (excluding fish) native to Queensland are protected under the Nature Conservation Act 1992 (NC Act) and classified as Least Concern unless found eligible for a different conservation class. Invertebrate and fish species are only protected under the NC Act if specifically named under a conservation class. The majority of Fish species are managed under the Queensland Fisheries Act 1994.

The department co-ordinates the process for species to be listed in a conservation class under the NC Act. The Species Technical Committee (STC) assesses species listing nominations submitted by members of the public, external and government scientists, and Common Assessment Method (CAM)-compliant assessments forwarded by Australian jurisdictions responsible for listing species that occur in Queensland.

Once a species has been assessed, the Governor in Council may approve the proposed species conservation class by amending the Nature Conservation (Wildlife) Regulations 2006 in accordance with the Nature Conservation Act 1992.

Common Assessment Method

The Australian Government is working with Australian states and territories to establish the Common Assessment Method (CAM) for the assessment and listing of threatened species. The CAM aims to provide a consistent approach to assessing and listing nationally threatened species across Australian jurisdictions. The International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Red List threat categories and criteria will be used as the basis for species assessment under the CAM.

On 22nd March 2017 the Queensland Government signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Commonwealth Government and other Australian' states and territories to implement the CAM. The Department of Environment and Science is currently in the process of amending Queensland legislation to introduce the new conservation classes and align current classes and criteria with those used by the IUCN.

The STC assessment process incorporates CAM compliant conservation classes in anticipation of the required enabling amendments being made to the NC Act. The assessment information contained in the nomination form (Word, 177K) determines which wildlife conservation class the nominated species should be assigned to: Extinct (EX), Extinct in the Wild (EW), Critically Endangered (CR), Endangered (EN), Vulnerable (VU), Near Threatened (NT) or Least Concern (LC).

More detail on the CAM can be found on the Queensland Government website or the Australian Government Department of the Environment and Energy website.

Make a nomination

To nominate a species with an Australian distribution solely within Queensland, download and complete the Nomination Form (Word, 177K). Lodge the completed Nomination Form via email to:

To nominate a species with an Australian distribution that includes but is not restricted to Queensland, use the Commonwealth nomination form and guidelines and email the completed form to the Australian Government at

A species can be nominated for listing or reassignment from any of the following conservation classes: Extinct (EX), Extinct in the Wild (EW), Critically Endangered (CR), Endangered (EN), Vulnerable (VU), Near Threatened (NT) or Least Concern (LC). (Please note: the classes of Extinct (EX) and Critically Endangered (CR) haven't been created in the NC Act yet. This website will be updated as this information becomes available once Queensland has created the additional conservation classes required under the CAM).

The Nomination Form (Word, 177K) provides more detail on addressing specific criteria and lodging a nomination.

STC assessment recommendations and reports

Following meetings, the STC makes recommendations on the conservation status of fully assessed species to the Minister responsible for the Nature Conservation Act 1992. Assessments for some species may be delayed pending further scientific information or expert advice.

STC assessment recommendations currently available:

Changes to the wildlife categories

View changes made to Queensland’s wildlife categories under the Nature Conservation (Wildlife) Regulation 2006:

For more information

Last updated
8 May 2019