Nature conservation

Threatened species

Golden-tipped Bat (Phoniscus papuensis)

Saving our Species strategy

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

The primary threats to this species are loss, degradation and fragmentation of wet forest habitat across the landscape.

Conservation status

Management objectives

This SoS strategy aims to ensure that the species is secure in the wild in NSW and that its NSW geographic range is extended or maintained and maintain its conservation status under the BC Act.

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:

New England Tablelands
NSW North Coast
South East Corner
South Eastern Highlands
South Eastern Queensland
Sydney Basin

Proportion of the species' distribution on reserve

40% 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
Encourage land managers to enter into land management agreements that protect and restore key areas particularly riparian rainforest and adjacent habitat. Encourage land managers to not clear understorey habitat and to improve areas of habitat on their land by replanting locally appropriate species where areas have been underscrubbed or are degraded. Site
Undertake restoration and augmentation planting and/or direct seeding, including species from the ground layer and understorey in areas of degraded and/or potentially suitable habitat where weeds can be effectively managed. Revegetation should focus on expanding existing smaller areas of suitable habitat and connecting areas of suitable habitat to create corridors for movement. A diversity of local native species should be planted. Site
Liaise with agencies or groups planning fire on private or public land to ensure that the species' known habitat is not inappropriately burnt i.e. burning should not occur in rainforest at all, in areas of wet sclerophyll forest, fires should not occur more than once every 25-60 years and in dry sclerophyll areas once every 7-30 years. Fires should be conducted in a mosaic manner to allow areas of refuge to remain undamaged, and cool fires are preferred, so as to retain hollow-bearing trees. State
Conduct targeted research into the species' ecology; including habitat requirements, mobility and response to disturbance impacts such as forestry, burning and habitat fragmentation. State
Raise awareness among agricultural landholders in close proximity (approximately 15km radius) to known foraging or roosting areas, of the potential impacts of using harmful pesticides and other chemicals and discourage their use in or adjacent to habitat areas. Site
Control or remove exotic weeds, particularly lantana and vines, that degrade habitat and alter the structure of the vegetation community in rainforest and adjacent wet and dry sclerophyll forest in areas of the species' distribution. Ensure that such weed control work be undertaken in a staged manner and minimises disturbance to the habitat of the species. Leave dead trees standing. Encourage land managers and bushcare groups to undertake weed control. Site
Inform relevant land managers or agencies of the location and sensitivity of potential habitat, particularly riparian areas, rainforest gullies and hollow-bearing trees, up to 1000m so that they can consider the species when planning forestry or hazard reduction burning activities. Area

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, 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.