Review of recovery plan decisions for threatened species and ecological communities

Department of Agriculture and Water Resources

The Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment is seeking public feedback on proposed changes to recovery plan decisions under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (EPBC Act).

The department is working alongside the independent Threatened Species Scientific Committee (the Committee) to review when ‘recovery plans’ are required in addition to ‘conservation advices’, to ensure that the most appropriate and effective plans are in place to guide recovery actions.

The Committee has recommended changes be made to some individual recovery plan decisions where conservation advices are sufficient to guide long-term recovery efforts.

The Australian Government is committed to supporting the recovery of listed threatened species and ecological communities by ensuring they are supported by fit-for-purpose, effective conservation planning.

Extreme events such as the 2019-20 bushfires have further highlighted the need for planning that can adapt to rapidly changing circumstances and threats.

A six-week public consultation on the proposed changes to individual species or ecological community recovery plan decisions is now open for comment.

To find out more about the proposed changes and have your say, visit:

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