Recovery plans

Recovery plans contain details about the conservation of certain threatened species and are used to manage their recovery.

Recovery plans help us safeguard the future survival of threatened species. Although they are no longer being developed, existing recovery plans must be followed by public authorities.

Recovery plans outline:

  • a specific species’ life history, distribution and habitat
  • threats to a species
  • actions that can be taken to recover a species including the cost, time frame and agency responsible for carrying out these actions.

The Biodiversity Conservation Program and associated Saving our Species conservation projects have replaced the need for recovery plans.

Which animals and plants have recovery plans?

See all NSW final recovery plans.

See all national recovery plans.

Approved NSW & National Recovery Plan Randia moorei (Spiny Gardenia) cover.Who implements recovery plans

NSW authorities responsible for threatened species, including local government, state departments and ministers, and land managers must implement recovery plans. They must also not make decisions that don't follow recovery plans for threatened species.

If a public authority wants to depart from a recovery plan, it must notify the Office of Environment and Heritage.