Environmental Protection and Biodiversity Act 1999
An ecological community is a naturally occurring group of native plants, animals and other organisms that are interacting in a unique habitat. Its structure, composition and distribution are determined by environmental factors such as soil type, position in the landscape, altitude, climate and water availability.
Types of ecological communities listed under national environmental law include woodlands, grasslands, shrublands, forests, wetlands, marine, ground springs and cave communities.
The native plants and animals within an ecological community have different roles and relationships that, together, contribute to the healthy functioning of the environment. Protecting native communities also supports ecosystem services such as clean air, clear land and clean water. These all contribute to better productivity of our land and water, which benefits people and society.
The Australian Government is working in partnership with state, territory and local governments, non-government organisations, tertiary institutions and community groups to ensure the protection, management and recovery of our native species and ecological communities.
Find a threatened ecological community
For a full list of nationally listed threatened ecological communities see: EPBC Act List of Threatened Ecological Communities.
Nominations for listing
The assessment of an ecological community as threatened is the first step to promoting their recovery under the Commonwealth law.
Any person may nominate an ecological community for listing under any of the three categories.
An invitation to nominate is extended by the minister each year ahead of a new assessment cycle. Nominations received during the invitation period are considered by the Threatened Species Scientific Committee for inclusion in a proposed priority assessment list.
Nominations included on the finalised priority assessment list are assessed by the committee, which makes these nominations available for public and expert comment.
After assessment, the committee's advice is forwarded to the minister, who decides whether an ecological community is eligible for listing under the EPBC Act.
- Ecological communities: A way forward, this paper seeks to improve the clarity and workability of these definitional issues, and to identify improved methods for assessing ecological communities.
Protecting listed threatened ecological communities
Once an ecological community is listed under the EPBC Act its recovery is promoted using conservation advice, recovery plans, and the EPBC Act's assessment and approval provisions.
Conservation advice is developed by the Threatened Species Scientific Committee based on the best available information regarding the conservation status and threats to an ecological community at the time of listing. Conservation Advice provides guidance on known threats and priority recovery actions for an ecological community that can be immediately undertaken at a local and regional level.
In addition to conservation advice, the Threatened Species Scientific Committee also provides to the minister a recommendation on the need for a recovery plan for listed ecological communities. Recovery plans are comprehensive management tools that enable recovery activities for threatened ecological communities to occur within a planned and logical framework. They describe key threats and identify specific recovery actions.
Assessment and approval provisions
Listed threatened ecological communities are matters of national environmental significance (protected matters) under the EPBC Act assessment and approval provisions.who manager meaning how far technology has its impact on education whose company is fabletics which business is an example of a multinational corporation where to promote products why technological advancement is bad how many system updates on galaxy s9 who makes this product where to equip skydive emotes who design central park how many product managers why startups are important which tech companies are hiring where to visit from london how startup investment works where is stonehenge from london where to get science graveyard keeper how to meet startup founders when design and access statement required how much startup equity should i get where's device management on iphone where to set up home office how many solutions are there to this nonlinear system who system of government how often to maintain muscle how many equipment has how to start online startup how business owners pay themselves how london bridge fell what project is stitch from where to start teaching english grammar why technology roadmap is important why equipment is important in harvesting crops why entrepreneurs fail who set up paypal how far technology has its impact on education where to set up an llc when development proceeds in a stepwise fashion how many science questions are on the teas how far london to dublin when manufacturing date who improved technology how many development bank in nepal which equipment is exclusive to kevesi soldiers what project is lil wayne from when entrepreneurial activities slow down when technology and humanity cross essay when technology and humanity cross where to manufacture shoes why device left astralis how many project management processes are there how start up works road map what is the definition how often system demo occur how much company stock should i buy whose project is nlex who devised the subtreasury plan when project is not ready when technology and humanity cross summary what science is taught in 12th grade when solution is saturated whose science is it essay how much workers compensation insurance the de whose solution is y2 3ay x3 what is roadmap in project how much solutions are there how much teaching should a hlta do why solution is called homogeneous mixture where to set up an llc why device drivers are important how solution priority number is calculated how many science passages are on the act how much project management cost how many management courses are there which startup should i start in india how many engineering students at purdue why manager is appointed how many solutions does this have whose business number is this startup company which management ports are available how many technology are there how much equipment has lost to date how many business days in 2022 where is start up where management skills which tech companies are still hiring how system restore works whos london boy about how entrepreneur contribute to economic development how much product to use in hair how london became the center of the world how many times do entrepreneurs fail what entrepreneur really means why device is not compatible how many solutions are there to this nonlinear system when engineering started which company has the most employees how technological change affects jobs why tech stocks are falling whose immune system is weakened when solution is simple god is answering from where shein products come where is joma tech from how far phone from bed roadmap what does it mean how far technology will go how project finance works system whose transfer function how often business continuity plan be tested when device is locked meaning in hindi who business school where to teach spanish online why science is my favorite subject where to find advanced roadmap in jira how far technology has come how often technology changes how often is continuously