About the NSW Scientific Committee

The NSW Scientific Committee is established under the Threatened Species Conservation Act. It is an independent committee of scientists appointed by the Minister for the Environment.

Members of the NSW Scientific Committee:

  • Dr Michelle Leishman (Chairperson) - Macquarie University
  • Dr Tony Auld - Office of Environment and Heritage (OEH)
  • Associate Professor Peter Banks - Ecological Society of Australia
  • Dr Tina Bell - University of Sydney 
  • Dr Linda Broadhurst - CSIRO
  • Dr Anita Chalmers - University of Newcastle
  • Dr Andrew Claridge - National Parks and Wildlife Service (OEH) 
  • Dr Marco Duretto - Royal Botanic Gardens, Sydney
  • Dr Mark Eldridge - Australian Museum
  • Dr Murray Fletcher - Australian Entomological Society.

The committee's main functions include:

  • deciding which species should be listed as critically endangered, endangered, vulnerable or presumed extinct in NSW
  • deciding which populations should be listed as endangered in NSW
  • deciding which ecological communities should be listed as critically endangered, endangered or vulnerable
  • deciding which threats to native plants and animals should be declared key threatening processes under the Act
  • reviewing and updating the lists of threatened species, populations and communities and key threatening processes in the schedules of the Act.

The NSW Scientific Committee does not make decisions about threatened fish and marine plants. This is the responsibility of the NSW Fisheries Scientific Committee.

Contact details

The committee can be contacted via the Committee's Executive Officer, Suzanne Chate as follows:

NSW Scientific Committee

PO Box 1967

Hurstville BC NSW 1481


Street address:

43 Bridge Street Hurstville NSW 2220


Telephone: 02 9585 6940

Facsimile: 02 9585 6606

Email: scientific.committee@environment.nsw.gov.au

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Page last updated: 16 December 2014