Nature conservation

Threatened species

Red-crowned Toadlet (Pseudophryne australis)

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

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 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:

NSW South Western Slopes
South Eastern Highlands
Sydney Basin

Proportion of the species' distribution on reserve

67% 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 or close to urban areas to promote water-sensitive design, particularly with respect to drainage of slopes and ridges. Seek advice from Office of Environment and Heritage or relevant amphibian experts when designing fire trails and other tracks, including seismic lines, in bushland areas to prevent adverse impacts on hydrology and habitat.Site
Raise awareness among residential communities with a bush interface, e.g. via letterbox leaflet drop, of the potential impacts of pollutants in stormwater and run-off (e.g. pesticides, swimming pool waste water). Area
Work with and raise awareness among the nursery industry in areas where the species' habitat occurs (Sydney metropolitan area) of the importance of bush rock to the species' habitat, in order to reduce the prevalence of unsustainable and illegal bush rock removal.Area
Conduct before and after monitoring of populations that are affected by planned or unplanned fires to better understand the species' fire response (e.g. survivorship) and inform future fire planning.Site
When maintaining roads, fire trails or tracks along ridges where the species occurs, minimise damage to substrate by ensuring bulldozers have lifted blades when not in use, and avoid additional damage to ground layer vegetation and soil structure wherever possible. 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, 1 management site has been identified for this threatened species.

Management sites

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Site nameSite typeStatusLocal government area (LGA)
Blue Mountains, Newnes Plateau, and Shoalhaven Priority management siteActive Bega Valley, Blue Mountains, Camden, Central Coast, Cessnock, Eurobodalla, Goulburn Mulwaree, Hawkesbury, Hornsby, Lake Macquarie, Lithgow City, Liverpool, Mid-Western Regional, Muswellbrook, Oberon, Penrith, Queanbeyan-Palerang Regional, Shoalhaven, Singleton, The Hills Shire, Upper Hunter, Upper Lachlan Shire, Wingecarribee, Wollondilly 

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.