The Victorian Government’s Icon Species Funding Program focuses on protecting and managing a range of native plants and animals, threatened species and habitats through collaborative planning, increased engagement and alignment of natural resources, scientific, educational and community sectors.
Through this program and our Faunal Emblems Program, we are providing funds for targeted actions designed to protect and conserve Victoria’s threatened species. Over $10.6 million has been provided by DEECA to support intensive management actions for 22 icon species being delivered in collaboration with species’ recovery teams. In 2022-23, $1 million of funding was awarded across the state to support the ongoing protection of icon species.
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See below for more information about some of these species and the work DEECA and our partners are doing to support their protection and recovery.
Monitoring of the Australasian Bittern to increase knowledge of its location and abundance in Barmah National Park
Australian Fairy Tern
Actions to improve breeding sites and increase nesting habitat for the Australian Fairy Tern
Baw Baw Frog
Securing an insurance population and undertaking research in partnership with Zoos Victoria
Investigating the health, mortality, contaminants and provide information to manage impacts
Eastern Barred Bandicoot
Supporting the management of four reintroduction sites including predator fences, control of feral animals and weed control
Eltham Copper Butterfly
Mapping the known populations and locating new populations around Castlemaine and Bendigo and promoting awareness of how to protect this species
Recruitment, training and support of citizen scientists to protect nesting pairs along Victoria’s coastline
Protect critical habitat for lowland animals and work towards restoring hydrological conditions at Yellingbo Nature Conservation Reserve
Develop translocation plans to increase population size of isolated populations of pygmy-possums
Supporting the four-year Mainland Release Trial, which is undertaken as a partnership between DELWP and Zoos Victoria
Identifying suitable and occupied habitat across the Northern Plains, using song meters to record breeding female Plains-wanderers’ calls
Supporting the implementation of the Regent Honeyeater Captive Release and Community Monitoring Program
Southern Purple-spotted Gudgeon
A captive breeding program and establishing 'back up' populations in high quality habitat sites
Southern Right Whale
A collaborative study on actions to protect Southern Right Whales from key threats such as entanglement, vessel strike and noise disturbance
Page last updated: 02/06/23