Overview of the Victorian Threatened Species Advisory Lists
In addition to the FFG Act threatened list, the Victorian Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning maintains non-statutory lists, called the Victorian Threatened Species Advisory Lists (Advisory Lists). Unlike the FFG Act Threatened Lists, which rely on public nomination of items for listing, the advisory lists contain a comprehensive record of threatened species in Victoria based on technical information and scientific advice obtained from a range of experts.
Advisory lists consider the risk of extinction of species in Victoria by assigning species to the following categories based on conservation status:
- Presumed extinct
- Critically endangered
- Poorly known
Assigning a category for threatened species and communities provides information as to how urgent taking restorative action may be. For example, a critically endangered species is at a very high risk of extinction in the short term. This provides a strong signal that, unless immediate restorative actions are undertaken, this species is likely to become extinct.
The information in these lists may be useful 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.
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. In addition, some species listed on the advisory lists are also listed on the FFG Threatened list.
Current Advisory Lists
Review of Status of Plants and Animals
The Conservation Status Assessment Project is reassessing the status of all plant and animal species that are currently considered to be rare or threatened in Victoria.
Federal and state governments have signed up to an intergovernmental agreement to deliver a Common Assessment Method (CAM) for assessing the conservation status of threatened species. Under the CAM, each state or territory will have a single list of threatened species. In Victoria, this will replace three lists:
- Species listed as threatened under the Federal Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (EPBC list)
- Species listed as threatened under the Victorian Flora and Fauna Guarantee Act 1988
- Species included in three Victorian Advisory Lists i.e. Advisory List of Threatened Invertebrate Fauna in Victoria – 2009; Advisory List of Threatened Vertebrate Fauna – 2013; and Advisory List of Rare or Threatened Plants in Victoria – 2014 as Critically Endangered, Endangered, Vulnerable or Rare.
The CAM aims to establish a consistent approach to assessing and listing threatened species. Assessments are based on International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) criteria.
For each jurisdiction there will be a Single Operational List which for most states including Victoria, has two parts - a national section, consisting of EPBC-listed species, and a state section, consisting of species that are considered to be threatened in Victoria but have not been assessed nationally as threatened. A species can only be in one of them.
All assessments will be made available for public comment in the near future, to seek any new scientific information. All the species assessed at the end of this project as Critically Endangered, Endangered or Vulnerable, will become listed under the amended FFG Act.
Page last updated: 02/03/20