About the NSW Threatened Species Scientific Committee

The NSW Threatened Species Scientific Committee is established under the Biodiversity Conservation Act 2016. It is an independent committee of scientists appointed by the Minister for the Environment.

Members of the NSW Threatened Species Scientific Committee:

  • Dr Marco Duretto (Chairperson) - Royal Botanic Gardens and DomainTrust
  • Dr Stephen Bell - Ecological Society of Australia
  • Dr Veronica Doerr - CSIRO
  • Dr Murray Fletcher - Australian Entomological Society
  • Dr Rachael Gallagher - Macquarie University
  • Dr Anne Kerle - expertise in agricultural science and natural resource management
  • Dr Brad Law - Forest Science Centre, NSW Industry - Lands
  • Dr Jodi Rowley - Australian Museum
  • Mark Tozer - Office of Environment and Heritage
  • Ken Turner - Office of Environment and Heritage
  • Professor David Watson - Charles Sturt University

The committee's main functions include:

  • To assess the risk of extinction of a species in Australia and decide which species should be listed as critically endangered, endangered, vulnerable or extinct in NSW
  • For species that are not listed as threatened species, to decide if there are populations of those species that should be listed as threatened in NSW
  • To assess the risk of extinction of an ecological community in Australia and decide which ecological communities should be listed as critically endangered, endangered, vulnerable or collapsed ecological communities
  • deciding which key 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 Threatened Species 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 Threatened Species 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: 28 August 2017