Nature conservation

Threatened species

Giant Burrowing Frog (Heleioporus australiacus)

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:

Australian Alps
NSW South Western Slopes
South East Corner
South Eastern Highlands
Sydney Basin

Proportion of the species' distribution on reserve

45% 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
Liaise with councils responsible for areas of habitat in urban areas, to promote water-sensitive design that minimises run-off containing phosphates or other pollutants into known populations or habitat. Raise awareness among residents in relevant suburbs adjacent to known populations or habitat, about the importance of minimising the amount of pollutants (e.g. pesticides, herbicides, cleaning products) that go into stormwater.Site
Negotiate with the Forestry Corporation to protect from disturbance key areas of habitat on state forest used by relatively large numbers of individuals for breeding.Area
Negotiate agreements with landholders managing land containing key areas of habitat used by relatively large numbers of individuals for breeding, particularly in-perpetuity covenants or stewardship agreements, that promote the retention of vegetation and minimise disturbance in a 300m buffer along streams. Area
Collect and analyse samples from all monitoring programs for the species across the state, to test for the presence of chytrid fungus and improve understanding of disease spread throughout the species' range.State
Conduct targeted survey, fine-scale habitat mapping and monitoring of breeding activity to inform an assessment of the cumulative impacts of longwall mining (e.g. subsidence, stream pollution) on habitat, survival and reproduction, in affected locations.Area
As a condition of consent to mining companies undertaking longwall mining, require a trial of stream remediation targeted at streams with breeding habitat for this species that have been impacted by longwall mining. This trial should aim to restore habitat characteristics (e.g. increase pool water retention periods) to provide some breeding habitat value, and evaluate outcomes.Site
Conduct targeted survey to identify key patches of habitat used by relatively large numbers of individuals for breeding in order to prioritise these areas for management and protection.Area
Collect tissue samples from southern populations for genetic analyses to clarify taxonomy.Site

How will this species be managed?

Key management sites for this threatened species are being identified by the NSW Government and other program partners, where feasible, cost-effective and beneficial management actions can be undertaken. Currently, 2 management sites have been identified for this threatened species.

Management sites

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Site nameSite typeStatusLocal government area (LGA)
Great Dividing Range - Contestable grant site Priority management siteActive Blue Mountains, Lake Macquarie, Mid-Coast, Oberon, Port Macquarie-Hastings 
Illawarra - Contestable grant site Priority management siteActive Campbelltown, Wollongong 

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.