Nature conservation

Threatened species

Brush-tailed Phascogale (Phascogale tapoatafa)

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:

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

Proportion of the species' distribution on reserve

23% 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
Undertake a targeted community education program that raisies awareness about critical threats to the species, particularly predation from domestic cats, including what individuals can do to reduce threats to nearby populations (i.e. keeping cats indoors). Area
Conduct population monitoring at key locations subject to environmental disturbance (e.g. fire, habitat degradation) to improve understanding of the species' response to different disturbances and inform management. Site
Design and implement ecological burns with the objective of maintaining suitable vegetation structure (open forest with sparse groundcover) within habitat known to be used by the species (e.g. Dinner Creek, Demon Nature Reserve). Site
Encourage landholders to retain and protect hollow-bearing trees in suitable habitat. Ensure long-term hollow availability by protecting recruit trees, that is, trees that will be able to provide hollows when current hollow-bearing trees have died and fallen. Area
Negotiate agreements with relevant landholders, particularly in-perpetuity covenants or stewardship agreements, that promote the retention and connectivity of suitable native vegetation, including forested areas with stags, tree hollows and recruiting hollow-bearing trees. 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, 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.