Species Technical Committee
The Queensland Species Technical Committee (STC) assesses native species that occur in Queensland to determine their conservation status under the Nature Conservation Act 1992 (NC Act).
The STC is an advisory body appointed by the Minister for the Environment and the Great Barrier Reef and includes both external and Queensland Government content experts.
To assess the conservation status of a species the STC must receive a nomination that is compliant with the Intergovernmental Memorandum of Understanding – Agreement on a Common Assessment Method for listing of threatened species and threatened ecological communities (CAM) and incorporates up-to-date scientific information. Learn more about the Common Assessment Method.
The STC is responsible for assessing listing nominations for Queensland endemic species, that is, species with their only Australian distribution within Queensland. The Australian Government is generally responsible for assessing species that naturally occur in more than one Australian state or territory, otherwise referred to as multi-jurisdictional species. However assessments done by the Australian Government are reviewed and endorsed by the STC prior to making recommendations to the Minister for the Environment and the Great Barrier Reef for listing under the NC Act.
The STC may either recommend a species be listed as nominated, be listed in a different threatened species class, or not be listed in any threatened species class. The STC may also defer assessment because insufficient information has been presented to assess the nomination. In this case the STC will allow more time for the nominator to provide further information. If a species is in decline or subject to a significant threat but doesn’t meet CAM criteria for listing as a threatened species, it may be assessed as Near Threatened.
View the STC Terms of Reference and committee membership and functions on the Register of Appointees to Queensland Government Bodies.
STC meeting dates
The Species Technical Committee meets a minimum of twice per year.
2021 scheduled meeting dates:
- April 2021
Previous meeting dates:
- February 2021
- September 2020
- June 2020
- March 2020
- September 2019
- March 2019
Nominations received by the STC
At each meeting the STC aims to consider all nominations and assessments accrued since the previous meeting. These may include:
- Queensland endemic species not previously listed, or those assessed by the Australian Government in advance of a NC Act assessment by the STC
- Species occurring in Queensland and other Australian states or territories (multi-jurisdictional species) that have been referred by other Australian jurisdictions responsible for assessing and listing threatened species
- Currently NC Act listed threatened species that require rapid reassessment. For example: to be up-dated with important new scientific data; in response to an urgent emerging threat (such as an extensive or intense bushfire), or; to be considered for alignment with the CAM conservation status allocated by another relevant jurisdiction.
STC assessment reports and recommendations
Following each STC meeting an assessment report is produced containing the list of species nominated and the results of the assessments undertaken. These reports support STC recommendations to the Minister for the Environment and the Great Barrier Reef on the required changes to species’ conservation status under the Nature Conservation Act 1992.
- Species Technical Committee Assessment Report 17 June 2020
- Species Technical Committee Assessment Report 25 March 2020
- Species Technical Committee Assessment Report 26 Sept 2019
- Species Technical Committee Assessment Report 27 March 2019
- Nomination form to change the conservation status of a species under the Queensland Nature Conservation Act 1992.