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Key departmental publications, e.g. annual reports, budget papers and program guidelines are available in our online archive.

Much of the material listed on these archived web pages has been superseded, or served a particular purpose at a particular time. It may contain references to activities or policies that have no current application. Many archived documents may link to web pages that have moved or no longer exist, or may refer to other documents that are no longer available.

Threat Abatement Plan for Predation by Feral Cats

Biodiversity Group Environment Australia, 1999
0 642 2546339


The Commonwealth Endangered Species Protection Act 1992 (the Act) seeks to promote the recovery of species and ecological communities that are endangered or vulnerable, and to prevent other species and ecological communities from becoming endangered. The key mechanisms prescribed in the Act to achieve these two aims are recovery plans and threat abatement plans.

These mechanisms are designed to complement each other. Recovery plans focus on the actions needed to ensure the continued existence in the wild of listed endangered and vulnerable native species and communities. Threat abatement plans focus on strategic approaches to reducing, to an acceptable level, the impacts of processes that threaten the long-term survival in nature of native species and ecological communities.

The Act defines threatening processes as those which threaten, or may threaten, the survival, abundance or evolutionary development of a native species or ecological community. Key threatening processes are identified as those which:

adversely affect two or more listed native species or two or more listed ecological communities; or
could cause native species or ecological communities that are not endangered to become endangered.

These processes are listed in Schedule 3 of the Act and require the preparation and implementation of a threat abatement plan. The Act prescribes the content of a threat abatement plan and the mechanisms by which such plans are to be prepared, approved and published. Where a threatening process occurs in more than one jurisdiction, the Commonwealth must seek the cooperation of the relevant States and Territories in the joint preparation and implementation of a threat abatement plan.

Predation by feral cats (Felis catus), that is those that live and reproduce in the wild and survive by hunting and scavenging, is listed as a key threatening process in Schedule 3 of the Act. Recognising that predation by feral cats is a concern to conservation agencies in all jurisdictions, preparation of the plan has been a cooperative endeavour involving relevant Commonwealth, State and Territory departments. The focus of this plan is on the actions required to reduce the impact of feral cat predation on endangered or vulnerable species or ecological communities. Its implementation will improve the ability of land managers to manage feral cat impacts on threatened wildlife.

Colin Griffiths
Director of National Parks and Wildlife