Purpose of the Advisory Lists
The Advisory Lists are maintained by the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning and are based on technical information and advice obtained from a range of experts. They are reviewed periodically. The information in these lists may be of use in a range of planning processes, such as the preparation of National Park Management Plans, local government planning schemes, regional catchment strategies and in setting priorities for actions to conserve biodiversity.
Together with the range of programs and other resources available, lists of this type serve to increase community awareness of threatened species and may encourage community members to become involved in activities to protect threatened species, thereby reducing the risk of their conservation status worsening.
Relationship to Statutory Lists
These advisory lists are not the same as the Threatened List established under the Victorian Flora and Fauna Guarantee Act 1988 (FFG Act) . There are no direct legal requirements or consequences that flow from inclusion of a species in advisory lists, although they are afforded some protection through Victoria's Native Vegetation Management Framework. Also, some of the species in these advisory lists are also listed as threatened under the FFG Act. The FFG Act Threatened List only includes items that have been nominated, assessed by the Scientific Advisory Committee and approved for listing by the Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change and the Minister for Agriculture and Food Security. Read more about the listing process.
There are also species on these lists that are listed under the Commonwealth Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (the EPBC Act). This information is included in the tables. Readers who are interested in learning more about the EPBC Act should contact the Australian Government Department of Environment and Energy