An area of habitat critical to the survival of an endangered or critically endangered species, population or ecological community.
Critical habitats for the Wollemi pine in Wollemi National Park and the little penguin population in Sydney’s North Harbour are two examples.
An area of land is listed as critical habitat under the Threatened Species Conservation Act 1995, if it is critical to the survival of an endangered or critically endangered species, population or ecological community.
Declaring an area as critical habitat provides greater protection and stricter controls over activities in the area. Once it has been declared, the public and planning authorities must consider it when using the land or assessing development applications.
Species impact statements must accompany all licence and development applications relating to that land.
Find out more about critical habitats in the Critical habitat register.
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Page last updated: 30 June 2016