Natural Temperate Grassland of the South Eastern Highlands and New England Tablelands

Listing review for Natural Temperate Grasslands of the Southern Tablelands of NSW and the ACT under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (EPBC Act)
June 2014


Invitation to comment

On behalf of the Threatened Species Scientific Committee (the Committee), the Australian Government Department of the Environment (the Department) is undertaking public consultation on the review of the Natural Temperate Grasslands of the Southern Tablelands of NSW and the ACT. In 2000, this ecological community was listed as endangered under Australia’s national environmental law, the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (the EPBC Act).

The Committee is reviewing this listing to take into account new information and a broader outer boundary of the ecological community than was described in the original listing advice. The working name for the revised ecological community is Natural Temperate Grassland of the South Eastern Highlands and New England Tablelands.

Public consultation on the South Eastern Highlands component of this ecological community occurred during April and May 2014. As a result of new information, the Committee recently decided to include related natural grasslands on the New England Tablelands in this ecological community. Therefore the public consultation period has been extended to take account of this.

Any submissions already received will continue to be taken into account and the Committee welcomes any new submissions.

A list of questions to guide comments is provided below.

The period of consultation closes on 11 July 2014.

About the assessment

The assessment/review was placed on the 2013 Finalised Priority Assessment List by the Minister for the Environment. Guided by expert technical input, a draft description of the broadened ecological community has been developed. Initial assessment indicates that the revised community is eligible for listing as ‘critically endangered’.​

Questions to guide comments

  1. In which category does the ecological community merit listing? Please support your comments with information and data. If some of that information is not published, would you be willing to be quoted as an expert (“personal communication”)?
  2. Is the draft description for this ecological community appropriate to identify the ecological community in the field? If not, please indicate changes or additions that will improve the description.
  3. Which plant species and what number of these may be appropriate to meet the different condition thresholds?
  4. Please provide further information about the nature and timeframe of threats operating on the ecological community, including the severity, consequences and particular regions or locations the threats are operating.
  5. Please provide relevant information about the flora and fauna that make up this ecological community for a particular jurisdiction or region or location.
  6. Please provide any additional information about priority conservation actions to manage or recover the ecological community.

Providing comments

All comments received will be forwarded to both the Committee and the Minister for the Environment. Information in the assessment, as well as other information received by the Department, will be used by the Committee to determine the threatened status of the ecological community and advise the Minister for the Environment on whether or not to amend the list of threatened ecological communities under the EPBC Act. The Minister for the Environment makes the decision on whether or not to list a threatened ecological community under the EPBC Act.

The public comment period closes on 11 July 2014.

If you wish to comment, please send your comments quoting the ecological community name to:


Ecological Communities Section
Department of the Environment
GPO Box 787
Canberra ACT 2601

Fax: (02) 6274 2214

See also

Privacy and confidentiality in regard to comments received on the listing assessment

Information contained in any comments will be stored and used by the department in compliance with its obligations under the Privacy Act 1988 (Cth).

If you wish your comments to remain confidential, you should clearly mark the relevant part(s) of your comments as ‘confidential’. Notwithstanding any obligations of confidentiality, the department may be required by law or parliamentary process to disclose, or allow disclosure of, any information contained in or relating to any comments (including personal and/or confidential information), including in response to a request by a House or a Committee of the Parliament of the Commonwealth or under the Freedom of Information Act 1982 (Cth).