Nature conservation

Threatened species

Littlejohn's Tree Frog (Litoria littlejohni)

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 East Corner
South Eastern Highlands
Sydney Basin

Proportion of the species' distribution on reserve

39% 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
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
Work closely with trail bike riding associations to raise awareness about the potential damage to habitat from bikes in particularly sensitive locations (e.g. Olney State Forest).Area
Conduct targeted surveys in locations where historical records indicate the species used to occur. Ensure that surveys are implemented by individuals properly trained in identifying the species and its call, and are conducted when detection is most likely (late summer-early spring following heavy rain).Site
Liaise with relevant land and fire managers where known populations or habitat occurs, to minimise the impact of prescribed burns on riparian habitat, particularly during breeding (late summer-early spring).Site
Encourage landholders to enter land management agreements, particularly in-perpetuity covenants, that promote the protection and maintenance of key areas of upland swamp or high-altitude stream habitat, particularly in areas likely to be targeted for mining or other degrading land-uses (e.g. Illawarra Escarpment).Area
Conduct targeted survey, fine-scale habitat mapping and monitoring of breeding activity to inform an assessment of the cumulative impacts of habitat disturbance (e.g. subsidence, stream pollution) on 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
Liaise with mining companies in habitat areas to avoid impacts of mining on streams and swamps and avoid diversion of surface water to the sub-surface so that hydrological regimes are maintained and water flows and water quality around the upper reaches of streams and perched swamps are protected.Area
Collect tissue samples from southern populations for genetic analyses to clarify taxonomySite

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.