Changes made to wildlife categories on 26 July 2012

The Scientific Technical Committee (STC) has assessed the status of 24 species of plants in accordance with the requirements of the Nature Conservation Act 1992 as well as best practice international species reclassification guidelines. The STC has recommended the reclassification of these species to reflect current scientific knowledge (see table below).

Reclassification of 24 species of plants
TaxonWildlife class prior to 26 July 2012Current wildlife classReason for change
Acacia fleckerinear threatenedleast concern1
Acacia gittinsiinear threatenedleast concern1
Acacia jackesiananear threatenedleast concern1
Allocasuarina filidensnear threatenedvulnerable1
Asplenium athertonensenear threatenedleast concern1
Asplenium excisumnear threatenedleast concern1
Austrobuxus swainiinear threatenedleast concern1
Capparis batianoffiinear threatenedvulnerable1
Choricarpia subargenteanear threatenedleast concern1
Commersonia perkinsianaleast concernendangered2
Cyathea baileyananear threatenedleast concern1
Dichanthium setosumnear threatenedleast concern1
Endiandra introrsanear threatenednot protected1
Gonocarpus urceolatusvulnerableleast concern1
Gossia bamagensisnear threatenedleast concern1
Gossia lewisensisnear threatenedleast concern1
Gossia lucidanear threatenedleast concern1
Gossia macilwraithensisnear threatenedleast concern1
Leptospermum barneyenseleast concernvulnerable1
Pandorea baileyananear threatenedleast concern1
Pneumatopteris pennigeranear threatenedendangered1
Ricinocarpos canianusleast concernendangered2
Sarcotoechia villosanear threatenedleast concern1
Zieria montanaleast concernvulnerable1
Legend and aids to interpretation
ReferenceAid to interpretation
extinct in the wildSee decision criteria
endangeredSee decision criteria
vulnerableSee decision criteria
rareThis category will be phased out over time - find more information.
near threatenedSee decision criteria
least concernSee decision criteria
Basis for decision 1Better knowledge of population size and/or extent and/or threats - The category is proposed because recent surveys, scientific studies or specimen collections have established a more accurate description of the distribution, population size and structure or threats to the taxon.
Basis for decision 2Taxonomic change - This category results from name changes; for example, two formerly separate species are now recognised as one species; a restricted species or subspecies is now recognised as part of widely occurring species; or the species is newly described in the taxonomic literature.
Basis for decision 3Equivalence with EPBC - The proposed category is equivalent to the category applied under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Act 1999. The equivalent listing of the species can assist in its management for conservation.
Basis for decision 4Evidence of real decline in populations and/or distributions - The proposed category is recommended because recent surveys or scientific studies have established a recent decline (that is, a decline that has occurred in the last 10 years or last three generations) in the population size and structure and / or distribution of the taxon.
Basis for decision 5Rediscovered in the wild - A new category is recommended for a taxon because the taxon was thought to be extinct in the wild but recent studies, observations or collections have established that it is persisting in the wild.