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. Most fish species are managed under the Queensland Fisheries Act 1994.
The department administers the process for listing species in conservation classes under the NC Act. The Species Technical Committee (STC) assesses species listing nominations submitted by members of the public, external and government scientists, as well as 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 conservation class proposed for it in accordance with the Nature Conservation (Wildlife) Regulations 2006 in accordance with the Nature Conservation Act 1992 (NC Act).
Common Assessment Method
The Australian Government and all Australian states and territories are working together to establish the CAM for determining and recognising the conservation status of threatened species under legislation. 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 forms 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 required new conservation classes and align current classes and criteria with those used by the IUCN.
The STC assessment process and the NC Act include CAM compliant conservation classes. The information contained in the nomination form is assessed to determine 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 or Least Concern (LC).
Under the NC Act a species in decline or subject to a significant emerging threat that does not yet meet CAM standards for listing as a threatened species may be assessed against the Near Threatened (NT) conservation class.
Make a nomination
To nominate a species with an Australian distribution solely within Queensland, download and complete the nomination form . Lodge the completed nomination form via email to: SpeciesTechnical.Committee@des.qld.gov.au
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 EPBC.email@example.com
Under the NC Act, 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). Listing species under the new NC Act conservation classes of Extinct (EX) and Critically Endangered (CR) is expected in late 2020.
The nomination form provides more detail on addressing specific criteria and lodging a nomination.
STC assessment recommendations and reports
Following each meeting, the STC recommends the appropriate conservation status for each fully assessed species to the Minister responsible for the Nature Conservation Act 1992. Occasionally assessments for some species may be delayed while the committee seeks further scientific information or expert advice.
STC assessment recommendations currently available:
- Species Technical Committee Report for 27 March 2019
- Species Technical Committee Report for 26 September 2019
- Species Technical Committee Assessment Report 25 March 2020
Changes to the wildlife conservation classes
View changes made to Queensland’s wildlife categories under the Nature Conservation (Wildlife) Regulation 2006:
- 19 September 2019
- 12 May 2017
- 28 August 2015
- 12 December 2014
- 9 May 2014
- 26 July 2012
- 20 May 2010
- 19 November 2009
For more information
- More information is available on the Common Assessment Method and the Species Technical Committee pages
- View the criteria for species conservation classes that are considered during STC assessment: extinct, extinct in the wild, critically endangered, endangered, vulnerable, near threatened and least concern
- View a list of species and their conservation class under the NC Act for particular areas
- Frequently asked questions on the interaction between species conservation classes and other legislation.