Saving our Species program

Saving our Species is our statewide program that aims to secure threatened plants and animals in the wild in NSW.

Contestable grants now open

Contestable grants for conservation actions for Saving our Species Landscape-managed Species and Threatened Ecological Communities are now open for application through the NSW Environmental Trust. To find out more, please visit the Environmental Trust’s webpage.

Applications close on 13 August 2018.

The program

The Saving our Species program:

  • consults extensively with experts and applies independent peer reviewed science to species, populations of a species and ecological communities projects
  • takes a rigorous and transparent approach to prioritising investment in projects that ensure benefit to the maximum number of species
  • provides targeted conservation projects that set out the actions required to save specific plants and animals on mapped management sites
  • regularly monitors the effectiveness of projects so they can be improved over time
  • encourages community, corporate and government participation in threatened species conservation by providing a website and a database with information on project sites, volunteering and research opportunities.

Management streams

All threatened species are allocated to one of 6 management streams.

Within those streams, information and critical management actions for each species are identified and collated.

Read more about management streams.


In March 2015, the NSW Government pledged $100 million over 5 years to protect the State’s threatened species, commencing 1 July 2016.

The new funds will allow the Saving our Species program to expand to cover more species as well as threatened ecological communities and key threatening processes.

Monitoring and reporting

OEH has developed a program-wide framework for monitoring and reporting on the outcomes of projects and actions for threatened species.

Outcomes to be monitored and reported on include:

  • total annual investment and the return on the investment
  • tangible outputs that can be totalled across the program
  • threats under control or on track to be under control
  • management sites with populations that are secure or on track to be secure
  • species on track to be secure in the wild in NSW for 100 years.

Read more about the framework at Saving our Species Monitoring, Evaluation and Reporting: Guidelines for conservation projects.


The program’s current legislative basis is the NSW Biodiversity Conservation Act 2016.