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 Environment and the Great Barrier Reef, Minister for Science and Minister for the Arts. STC membership 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 may either decide to defer an assessment while requesting more information; list the species as nominated; list the species at a more valid conservation class; or de-list the species entirely. If the Minister accepts the listing recommendation made by the STC then changes are made to the Nature Conservation (Animals) Regulation 2020 or Nature Conservation (Plants) Regulation 2020.

View the STC Terms of Reference (PDF, 173.1KB) and committee membership and functions on the Register of Appointees to Queensland Government Bodies.

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 responsible for assessing species that naturally occur in more than one Australian state or territory, otherwise referred to as multi-jurisdictional species.

Meeting dates for the STC

The Species Technical Committee meets a minimum of twice per year. Since Queensland began implementing the CAM the STC has met on:

  • 27 March 2019
  • 25 September 2019
  • 26 March 2020
  • 17 June 2020

The next meetings of the STC are scheduled for:

  • 15 September 2020
  • 10 March 2021

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
  • listed Queensland species that require rapid reassessment, for example: to be up-dated with important new scientific data; in response to an urgent emerging threat, or; to be considered for alignment with the CAM conservation status allocated by another relevant jurisdiction.

An assessment report will be published following each STC meeting. Reports will contain the list of species nominated and the results of assessments undertaken at that meeting. Currently available reports:

For more information