Listing and changing the conservation status of Queensland species

    All plant and vertebrate species native to Queensland (excluding most fish which are managed under the Queensland Fisheries Act 1994) are protected under the Nature Conservation Act 1992 (NC Act) and considered Least Concern unless assessed to be eligible for a different conservation class. Invertebrate and fish species are only protected under the NC Act if specifically listed under a wildlife class.

    The department co-ordinates the process for species to be listed as threatened wildlife under the NC Act.

    The Species Technical Committee (STC) undertakes the expert assessment of species listing nominations submitted by members of the public and external and government scientists, as well as assessments forwarded by Australian jurisdictions responsible for listing species that occur in Queensland and other states or territories. Nominations must comply with the Intergovernmental Memorandum of Understanding – Agreement on a Common Assessment Method for listing of threatened species and threatened ecological communities (CAM).

    Once an STC recommendation to list a species under a wildlife class is approved by the Minister for the Environment and the Great Barrier Reef and Minister for Science and Youth Affairs (the Minister), the species is then formally listed in the Nature Conservation Plants Regulation 2020 or the Nature Conservation Animals Regulation 2020.

    Common Assessment Method (CAM)

    The Queensland Government is working with the Commonwealth and other Australian State and Territory governments to implement the CAM. The CAM aims to provide a nationally consistent approach to assessing and listing threatened species across Australian jurisdictions. CAM assessment processes are based on the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Red List threat categories and criteria.

    In August 2020, new wildlife classes were introduced under Queensland legislation to improve the alignment between Queensland and IUCN wildlife classes and criteria and to enable the CAM to be implemented.

    Species may be listed under the following NC Act wildlife classes: Extinct (EX)Extinct in the Wild (EW), Critically Endangered (CR)Endangered (EN)Vulnerable (VU) or Least Concern (LC). In addition, a species in decline or subject to a significant threat that does not yet meet CAM criteria for listing as a threatened species may be assessed as Near Threatened (NT).

    More detail on the CAM can be found on the Australian Government's website.

    Make a nomination to change the conservation status of a species

    To make a nomination to change the conservation status of a species that only occurs in Queensland, download and complete the nomination form (DOCX, 198.2KB) and lodge it by email to SpeciesTechnical.Committee@des.qld.gov.au

    To make a nomination to change the conservation status of species that occurs in Queensland and another state or territory, use the Commonwealth nomination form and guidelines and email the completed form to the Australian Government at EPBC.nominations@environment.gov.au

    The nomination forms provide more detail on addressing specific criteria and lodging a nomination.

    Changes to the threatened wildlife classes

    View the changes previously made to the wildlife classes under the NC Act and subordinate legislation as approved by the Minister.

    Further information