NSW Threatened Species Scientific Committee

The NSW Threatened Species Scientific Committee is established under the Biodiversity Conservation Act 2016. It is an independent committee of scientists appointed by the Minister for the Environment.

Committee functions

The committee's main functions include:

  • assessing the risk of extinction of a species in Australia and deciding which species should be listed as critically endangered, endangered, vulnerable or extinct in NSW
  • for species that are not listed as threatened species, deciding if there are populations of those species that should be listed as threatened in NSW
  • assessing the risk of extinction of an ecological community in Australia and deciding which ecological communities should be listed as critically endangered, endangered, vulnerable or collapsed ecological communities
  • deciding which key threats to native plants and animals should be declared key threatening processes under the Biodiversity Conservation Act 2016 (BC Act)
  • reviewing and updating the lists of threatened species, populations and communities and key threatening processes in the schedules of the BC Act.

The NSW Threatened Species Scientific Committee does not make decisions about threatened fish and marine plants. This is the responsibility of the NSW Fisheries Scientific Committee.

Committee members

  • Dr Anne Kerle (Chairperson) – expertise in agricultural science and natural resource management
  • Dr Stephen Bell – Ecological Society of Australia
  • Professor Kristine French – University of Wollongong
  • Dr Rachael Gallagher – Macquarie University
  • Professor Caroline Gross – University of New England
  • Dr Richard Jobson – Royal Botanic Gardens and Domain Trust
  • Dr Brad Law – NSW Department of Primary Industries
  • Dr Jodi Rowley – Australian Museum
  • Mark Tozer – Department of Planning, Industry and Environment 
  • Ken Turner – Department of Planning, Industry and Environment
  • Vacant – CSIRO

Nominating a species, population, ecological community or key threatening process

The Biodiversity Conservation Act (BC Act) encourages community involvement in the protection of threatened species and ecological communities. Any person or organisation can propose changes to the threatened species or threatened ecological community or key threatening process lists.

Find out how to nominate.

Contact details

The committee can be contacted via the Committee's Executive Officer by mail, email or phone.

NSW Threatened Species Scientific Committee
PO Box 1967
Hurstville BC NSW 1481
Street address: 43 Bridge Street Hurstville NSW 2220

Telephone: (02) 9585 6940
Facs: (02) 9585 6606
Email: scientific.committee@environment.nsw.gov.au

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