Threat abatement plans

Threat abatement plans explain how threats to wildlife and ecological communities can be reduced or eliminated.

A threat abatement plan is a statutory (authorised by law) document under the Threatened Species Conservation Act 1995. It sets out how threats to species should be reduced or eliminated.

Threat abatement plans are developed for key threatening processes listed by the NSW Scientific Committee. Ministers and public authorities are required to take appropriate action to implement these plans.

A threat abatement plan can be used when:

  • authorities consider development applications under planning laws
  • people apply for a licence to harm threatened species
  • people want to know how to manage the threat.

A draft threat abatement plan is made available to the public for comment before it is approved by the Minister for the Environment.

More about key threatening processes.

Examples of threats

Bitou bush (Chrysanthemoides monilifera) Bitou bush and boneseed

A threat abatement plan has been developed to reduce the impact of bitou bush and boneseed (Chrysanthemoides monilifera) on threatened species, populations and ecological communities.

Read the bitou bush and boneseed threat abatement plan.

The European red fox (Vulpes vulpes) preys on many species of threatened Australian animalsRed fox

A threat abatement plan has been developed to reduce the impact of red fox (Vulpes vulpes) predation on native animals.

Find out more about foxes as pest predators.

Plague minnow

The plague minnow threat abatement plan has been developed to reduce the impact of this introduced fish (Gambusia holbrooki) on native animals, particularly threatened frogs.

Find out more about plague minnow predation.