Department of Sustainability and Environment, East Melbourne, 2010
- National Recovery Plan for the Brush-tailed Rock-wallaby Petrogale penicillata (PDF - 658 KB) | (Word - 1,034 KB)
The Brush-tailed Rock-wallaby (Petrogale penicillata) is a medium-sized marsupial macropod that was formerly widely distributed in south-eastern Australia, from south-eastern Queensland through eastern and central New South Wales and the Australian Capital Territory to western Victoria. It has suffered a widespread decline in range and abundance, with a major range contraction and local extinctions in many areas, especially in the south and west of its distribution. The species now survives mostly on isolated rocky escarpments along the Great Dividing Range from south-eastern Queensland through eastern New South Wales to eastern Victoria.
Historical and current threats include hunting, predation, habitat loss, competition with other species and loss of genetic diversity. The Brush-tailed Rock-wallaby is listed as Vulnerable under the Commonwealth Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999. It is also listed as Vulnerable under the Queensland Nature Conservation Act 1992, Endangered under the New South Wales Threatened Species Conservation Act 1995, Endangered under the Australian Capital Territory Nature Conservation Act 1980, and Threatened under the Victorian Flora and Fauna Guarantee Act 1988.
This Recovery Plan for the Brush-tailed Rock-Wallaby is the first national recovery plan for the species, and details its distribution, habitat, threats and recovery objectives and actions necessary to ensure its long-term survival.