Making a nomination
Nominations are now invited for species, ecological communities or key threatening processes to be considered for listing, transfer between listing categories or delisting under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999. To be considered in the PPAL for the assessment period starting 1 October 2021, nominations must be submitted by 5 pm (AEDT) on Wednesday 31 March 2021.. The priorities for assessment will be determined in July 2021 and the assessment period for the prioritised nominations will commence 1 October 2021.
The theme for the assessment period starting 1 October 2021, as determined by the Minister for the Environment is: “Species and ecological communities that require listing or transfer to a higher listing category as a result of the impacts of the 2019/20 bushfires”.
Nominations outside the theme will also be accepted.
Before submitting a nomination
For more information see:
Nomination forms and guidelines
These forms cover the requirements of the Threatened Species Scientific Committee and EPBC Regulations. Please use the following nomination forms and guidelines to prepare your nomination:
For listing or changing the conservation status of a native species under the EPBC Act:
On 3rd November 2014 the Threatened Species Scientific Committee revised its Indicative Thresholds used to judge the subjective terms provided by the EPBC Act criteria for assessment of eligibility for inclusion listing in the categories of vulnerable, endangered and critically endangered in the list of threatened species. The revised Indicative Thresholds more closely align with the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) criteria for assessing a species for inclusion on the IUCN Red List. The prescribed criteria for the Committee to assess a species as eligible for listing as threatened under the EPBC Act outlined in Part 7, 7.01 of the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Regulations 2000 (EPBC Regulations) limit the Committee's ability to fully align with IUCN criteria, particularly under Criteria D (4), where the EPBC Regulations do not provide for listing as vulnerable under IUCN criterion D2 (restricted population).
- Guidelines for assessing the conservation status of a native species (PDF - 392.26 KB) | (DOCX - 66.14 KB)
- Threatened species nomination form (PDF - 473.14 KB) | (DOCX - 502.14 KB)
For delisting a native species under the EPBC Act:
For listing or changing the conservation status of an ecological community under the EPBC Act:
- Guidelines for nominating and assessing threatened ecological communities (PDF - 1.71 MB) | (DOCX - 4.57 MB)
- Threatened ecological community nomination form (PDF - 358.21 KB) | (DOCX - 84.33 KB)
The Guidelines and Nomination form are the key documents for preparing nominations. It is advised that you pay particular attention to ‘Appendix 3 – Framework for the prioritisation of nominations’ in the Guidelines before preparing a full nomination.
As an example of an ecological community nomination which provides the type and quality of information required to enable consideration for assessment see below. (Please note that this example uses an older version of the nominations form.)
For listing a key threatening process under the EPBC Act:
Note: there is a listed KTP for invasive species, 'Novel biota and their impact on biodiversity' which includes all invasive species. If you are considering nominating an invasive species, please contact the Department at the email address below to discuss your nomination prior to filling in the nomination form.
- Guidelines for assessing key threatening processes nominations (PDF - 321.54 KB) | Guidelines for assessing key threatening processes nominations (DOCX - 461.6 KB)
- Key threatening process nomination form (PDF - 372.83 KB) | (DOCX - 467.61 KB)
Frequently asked questions
These frequently asked questions provide additional information about key threatening processes.
Submitting your nomination
Completed nominations may be lodged either electronically (preferred) or in hard copy. Where possible, hard copy submissions should be accompanied by an electronic copy on memory stick.
Species Information and Policy Section
Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment
GPO Box 858
Canberra ACT 2601
For further information, contact the Director:
- email: email@example.com
- telephone: 02 6274 2535