Parma Wallaby (Macropus parma)

Species Action Statement

This species has been assigned to the Landscape species management stream under the Saving our Species (SoS) program.

Justification for allocation to this management stream

This species is distributed across relatively large areas and is subject to threatening processes that generally act at the landscape scale (e.g. habitat loss or degradation) rather than at distinct, defineable locations.

Conservation status

Management objectives

This action statement aims to ensure that the species is secure in the wild in NSW and that its NSW geographic range is extended or maintained.

Species sightings and management sites across NSW

The map below displays the species’ distribution in NSW, based upon the species’ geographic range, habitat distribution or area of occupancy (to as high a resolution as available data allow, using a range of data sources).

Information about the species’ habitat and ecology is available here.

The map may also display one or more management sites where management of important populations is underway. More information is available in the tables below.


The species occurs in the following IBRA (Interim Biogeographic Regionalisation for Australia) regions in NSW:

South Eastern Queensland
NSW North Coast
New England Tablelands
Sydney Basin

Proportion of the species' distribution on reserve

43% of the species' distribution occurs on reserve (within NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service estate).

Critical actions for this species

The key threats to the viability of landscape-managed species are loss, fragmentation and degradation of habitat, and widespread pervasive factors such as impacts of climate change and disease. Many of these threats are addressed by NSW planning, native vegetation, and biodiversity legislation, policy and programs including the offsets program (BioBanking, NSW Biodiversity Offsets Policy for Major Projects), Biodiversity Certification, management of environmental water and reservation under the National Parks and Wildlife Act 1974.

Threats to this species are outlined here.

The actions listed in the action toolbox are supplementary to NSW legislation, policy and programs and can be used by stakeholders, where applicable to guide management at a site, regional or state scale.

Action toolbox

Action DescriptionScale
Implement best-practice, strategic, adaptive management of foxes to benefit populations of wallabies. Site, Area
Liaise with relevant authorities or landholders undertaking hazard reduction burning to ensure that a mosaic of vegetation structures exists in areas occupied by the species.Area
Liaise with land management authorities regulating grazing on public lands to ensure sustainable grazing practices that maintain habitat requirements.Area
Implement best-practice, strategic, adaptive management of wild dogs to benefit populations of wallabies.Site, Area
Implement best-practice, strategic, adaptive management of cats to benefit populations of wallabies.Site, Area
Monitor species response to fire when implementing hazard reduction works in areas of known habitat. Monitoring should cover the altitudinal and latitudinal range of the species.Site, Area
Monitor vehicle strike in areas where there is a perceived adverse impact on the local population. Work with road management authorities to identify and implement mitigation measures where appropriate.Site
Liaise with land managers and consent authorities to ensure the maintenance of corridor vegetation connecting areas of key habitat during logging operations.Site, Area
Opportunistically collect blood samples to investigate prevalence of disease and genetic diversity, store data in a centralised databaseState
Implement best-practice, strategic, adaptive management of invasive horses to benefit populations of wallabies.Site, Area
Negotiate agreements with relevant landholders (preferably in-perpetuity covenants) that maintain areas of habitat and vegetation connectivity between reserved areas. Where possible incorporate management strategies that maintain habitat quality such as grazing and fire management strategies.Site
Implement best-practice, strategic, adaptive management of invasive pigs to benefit populations of wallabies.Site
Implement best-practice, strategic, adaptive management of invasive rabbits to benefit populations of wallabies.Site

How will this species be managed?

Key management sites for this threatened species are being identified by the Office of Environment and Heritage and other program partners, where feasible, cost-effective and beneficial to the threatened species. Currently, no management sites have been identified for this threatened species.

Are you or is someone you know doing conservation work for this species or in this area?

Contact us to tell us about the work. Your input will help OEH evaluate the status of threatened species and provide a broader picture of conservation work across NSW.