Extensions to EPBC Act listing assessment and decision timeframes

The Minister has granted extensions on the following items.

‘Long Lowland Rivers of South-east Queensland and Northern New South Wales’ ecological community

The assessment timeframe for this ecological community has been extended until 30 November 2013. Note, the ecological community has been renamed from that occurring on the 2009 FPAL as 'Riffle/Pool/Bar River Community of the South Eastern Queensland Bioregion' and it was originally nominated as 'Riffle/Pool/Sandbank Community of the Mary River (Queensland) floodplain'.

‘Kangaroo Island Narrow-leaved Mallee (Eucalyptus cneorifolia) Eastern Plains Complex’

The assessment timeframe for this ecological community has been extended until 30 November 2013.

‘Fire regimes that cause biodiversity decline’ (formerly ‘contemporary fire regimes resulting in the loss of vegetation heterogeneity and biodiversity throughout Australia)’

The assessment timeframe for this key threatening process was extended from 30 September 2010 until 31 March 2011 due to a delay in the public consultation period which occurred as a result of the tragic Victorian bushfires. The extension allowed the TSSC to consider the information learned in enquiries following these tragic fires.

The Minister received the Threatened Species Scientific Committee's advice in March 2010.

The Minister extended his timeframe to make a decision on whether to list this key threatening process to 31 August 2013 to allow for further consultation with state and territory governments and to allow the Minister to consider the department's review of key threatening processes.

Biodiversity decline and habitat degradation in the arid and semi-arid Australian rangelands due to the proliferation, placement and management of artificial watering points

This nomination was originally nominated as 'habitat degradation in the Australian rangelands resulting from increased grazing pressure due to the proliferation and placement of artificial watering points'. The assessment timeframe for this threatening process has been extended to 30 September 2014 to allow for additional work to be undertaken on the assessment and to allow for consideration of the department's review of key threatening processes.

Extension to assessment timeframes for three ecological community assessments

Due to complexities in the listing assessments, the Minister has granted extensions to the assessment timeframes for the following ecological communities:

  • Hinterland sand flats forest and woodland ecological community - extended to 30 September 2014.
  • Posidonia seagrass meadows ecological community - extended to 31 December 2014.
  • Eucalypt woodlands of the Western Australian Wheatbelt ecological community - extended to 31 December 2014.

Gymnobelideus leadbeateri Leadbeater’s possum

The assessment timeframe for this species has been extended from 15 May 2014 to 11 December 2014 to provide time for the Threatened Species Scientific Committee to consider the changes proposed following Victoria’s agreement to implement all changes recommended by the Leadbeater’s Possum Advisory Group.