About the Strategy
The Threatened Species Strategy sets the Australian Government’s forward plan for action to protect and recover Australia’s threatened plants, animals and ecological communities, and includes:
- a 10 year vision: ‘Australia’s threatened species are valued, protected and on the path to recovery’
- two high level objectives to improve the trajectory of priority threatened species and improve the condition of priority places by 2031
- six prioritisation principles to select priority species and places, based on risk of extinction, multiple benefits, feasibility and effectiveness, importance to people, uniqueness and representativeness
- and eight key action areas, including both on-ground and supporting actions, that are fundamental to the recovery of threatened species and where the Australian Government can make a difference.
The 2021-31 Strategy has introduced new elements:
- broadening the priority species to include reptiles, frogs, insects and fish to add to the priority birds, mammals and plants identified in the first Strategy – as well as including marine and freshwater species.
- a new focus on ‘priority places’ to expand the Strategy’s influence across our land and seascapes. The priority places will include sites where threat mitigation and habitat protection efforts will benefit multiple threatened species and ecological communities.
- more key action areas to focus Australian Government efforts to broad-scale actions that are fundamental to the recovery of threatened species. These include tackling more of the major threats to our unique plants and animals, like weeds and diseases, and the development and use of new tools and technologies to improve the effectiveness of managing feral pests and weeds across our large continent.
- Other focus areas include improving habitat to support species recovery, planning and coordinating action at the right scale, and forging stronger partnerships to use our collective expertise and resources to their best effect.
The Strategy will be underpinned by consecutive 5 year Action Plans. These will be published as addendums to the Strategy.
All Australians across our community – from farmers, land stewards, traditional owners, researchers, citizen scientists and the many species and place-based champions – are invited to come together as partners to support our threatened species and places.
Consultation on a new Threatened Species Strategy and Action Plan
The Threatened Species Strategy and Action Plan were both developed using feedback from stakeholders and the community.
For more details on the consultation outcomes and analysis of feedback:
- Action Plan Consultation paper - July 2021
- Threatened Species Strategy Discussion Paper – November 2020
Threatened Species Strategy Action Plan Analysis of outcomes from public consultations-July 2021 (PDF 2.8 MB)
Threatened Species Strategy Action Plan Analysis of outcomes from public consultations-July 2021 (DOCX 3.4 MB)