Ecological Communities nominations not prioritised for assessment

Ecological Communities nominations no longer eligible for automatic consideration

The following public nominations were considered by the Threatened Species Scientific Committee and have not been assessed for listing in any form, to date.

The list does not include:

  • Items prioritised for assessment after an original nomination was revised and resubmitted; and
  • Items incorporated into other listing assessments because analysis revealed they could reasonably be considered part of a broader ecological community.
Ecological Community name Years considered Reasons the Threatened Species Scientific Committee (the Committee) recommended that the nomination was not prioritised
Aquatic ecological community in the catchment of the Snowy River (EC072) 2012 & 2013 The Committee gave priority to other nominations as uncertainties remain about definition, national extent and data to support decline across the entire ecological community
Aquatic Root Mat Community (Lake Cave) of the Leeuwin Naturaliste Ridge (EC058) 2010 & 2011 The Committee found that the nomination was of a good standard but recommended that there were other nominations that would achieve a higher conservation benefit from an assessment for potential national listing.
Bangalay Sand Forest of the Sydney Basin & South East Corner Bioregions (EC013) 2007 & 2008 The Committee gave priority to other nominations.
Bauxite Land System with linked Coolibah Springs on the Steve Irwin Wildlife Reserve Nature Refuge, Cape York Peninsula 2013; Pending 2014 decision Available information on the national extent of the more broadly defined bauxite land system and on the severity and impact of threats is insufficient to enable an assessment to be completed.
Brogo Eucalyptus Vine Forest (EC027) 2007 & 2008 The Committee gave priority to other nominations.
N.B. Originally nominated as: Brogo Wet Vine Forest Community of South East New South Wales)
Calcarenite Dune Woodland of South East Australia (EC015) 2007 & 2008 The Committee gave priority to other nominations.
Camerons Cave Troglobitic Community (EC037) 2008 & 2009 The Committee considered that there was not likely to be a clear conservation benefit in assessing the ecological community for listing, as a number of component species are already listed as threatened under EPBC and/or State legislation and the stochastic nature of the threats outlined in the nomination decreased the likelihood that the ecological community would meet the criteria for listing under the EPBC Act. The Committee gave priority to other nominations.
Cape Range Remipede Community (EC036) 2008 & 2009 The Committee gave priority to other nominations.
N.B. The ecological community was included in the National Heritage assessment of the Ningaloo Coast which was inscribed on the World Heritage list in 2011.
Dry Rainforest of the South East Forests of New South Wales (EC026) 2007 & 2008 The Committee gave priority to other nominations.
East Coast Floodplain Vegetation Complex 2013; Pending 2014 decision Available information on the national extent, the impact of threats and level of decline beyond New South Wales is insufficient, for an assessment to be completed. Additionally, the nominated ecological community is too broadly defined being the apparent aggregation of disparate vegetation types.
Eucalyptus melanophloia Grassy Woodland (EC022) 2007 & 2008 The Committee gave priority to other nominations.
Eucalyptus populnea / Eucalyptus tereticornis Grassy Woodland / Tall Woodland (EC021) 2007 & 2008 The Committee gave priority to other nominations.
N.B. Elements of this community may be included as part of the “Poplar/bimble box grassy woodland on alluvial plains” that was prioritised in the 2013 FPAL and is currently undergoing assessment. The potential incorporation of this community is yet to be clarified.
Gnarled Mossy Cloud Forest of Lord Howe Island (EC053) 2009 & 2010 The Committee gave priority to other nominations as the ecological community receives EPBC Act protection as a number of nationally listed species are restricted to the ecological community. It is also receives protection being part of the Lord Howe Island Permanent Park Preserve.
Groundwater dependent ecosystems of the Maules Creek alluvial aquifer (EC069) 2011 & 2012 The Committee gave priority to other nominations and notes that the potential impact of future threats to the ecological community cannot be quantified. Uncertainty remains about the national extent of the stygofauna component of the ecological community, as it may be a component of a broader national ecological community. Continued uncertainty remain about the real versus modelled magnitude of the likely threats to the ecological community as identified in the nomination precludes assessment at this time.
Lord Howe Island Lagunaria Patersona Swamp Forest (EC052) 2009 & 2010 The Committee gave priority to other nominations as the ecological community is listed as endangered under state legislation and the threats are of a form that should be mitigated consistent with the Lord Howe Island Biodiversity Management Plan.
Maroota Sands Swamp Forest (EC057) 2011 & 2012 The Committee concluded that the conservation benefit in assessing this ecological community for listing under the EPBC Act is limited compared to other nominations because there is a degree of protection through state listing and the threats are not immediate.
N.B. This ecological community will be taken into consideration during the assessment of the broader Hinterland Sand Flats Forests and Woodlands of the Sydney Basin Bioregion ecological community, that was prioritised in the 2011 FPAL and is currently undergoing assessment. The potential incorporation of this community is yet to be clarified.
Mission Road Viney Hardwood Forest of Norfolk Island (EC029) 2007 & 2008 The Committee gave priority to other nominations.
Port Phillip Deep Canyon Marine community (EC041) 2008 & 2009 The Committee found that the national extent of this ecological community is not clear, especially in regard to other sponge garden systems. The Committee also found that the main threats to the community occurred in the past and the nature of the ecological community is such that some recovery is likely in the medium term, even without human intervention.
Ribbon Gum – Mountain Gum – Snow Gum - Black Sallee Woodlands on Basalt (EC010) 2007 & 2008 The Committee gave priority to other nominations.
N.B. Originally nominated as: Ribbon Gum (Eucalyptus viminalis) - Mountain Gum (Eucalyptus dalrympleana subsp. heptantha) - Snow Gum (Eucalyptus pauciflora) Open Forest - Tall Open Forest with a Grassy Understorey on Basalt on the NSW Northern Tablelands.
Robertson Rainforest in New South Wales (EC032) 2007 & 2008 The Committee gave priority to other nominations.
Salt wedge estuaries of southern Australia (EC066) 2011 & 2012 The Committee found that uncertainties regarding the definition, national extent and the amount of quantitative information available to undertake an assessment of this ecological community.
Sedge-rich Eucalyptus camphora Swamp (EC005) 2007 & 2008 The Committee gave priority to other nominations.
Sun Valley Cabbage Gum Forest (EC056) 2010 & 2011 The Committee concluded that the conservation benefit in assessing this ecological community for listing under the EPBC Act is limited compared to other nominated communities because a degree of protection currently exists through state listing.
Tropical Freshwater Floodplains of Northern Australia 2013; Pending 2014 decision Current information on its national extent, location within the landscape and the severity and impact of threats, is insufficient for an assessment to be completed.
Western Australia Banded Ironstone Vegetation Complex 2013; Pending 2014 decision Available information on the national extent of the nominated ecological community, its distinction from other similar ecological communities and the impact of threats and level of decline, is insufficient for an assessment to be completed at this time.
White Gum (Eucalyptus viminalis) Wet Forest (EC030) 2007 & 2008 The Committee gave priority to other nominations.
Yeodene and Porcupine Creek Aquifer Intake Areas, Northern Otway Ranges Victoria (including five stream systems with extensive wetland, springs and native vegetation (EC055) 2009 & 2010 The Committee gave priority to other nominations as information about this ecological community was considered insufficient to enable an assessment due to a lack of clarity about identifying the ecological community and its national extent.

Ecological Communities - possible future consideration

The following nominations are either with the state/territory authority for consideration for state listing prior to being consider for national listing or have not been prioritised but are eligible for consideration in the next assessment cycle.

Ecological Community name Years considered Reasons the Threatened Species Scientific Committee (the Committee) recommended that the nomination was not prioritised
East Coast Floodplain Vegetation Complex 2013 The nominated ecological community is a complex of all vegetation types typically found on the fertile alluvial floodplains in coastal river valleys in New South Wales, south eastern Queensland and eastern Victoria. Available information on the national extent, the impact of threats and level of decline beyond New South Wales is insufficient, for an assessment to be completed. Additionally, the nominated ecological community is too broadly defined being the apparent aggregation of disparate vegetation types. It will be eligible for reconsideration in 2014.
Western Australia Banded Ironstone Vegetation Complex 2013 The nominated ecological community comprises xeric shrublands associated with banded ironstone formations within the Yilgarn Craton in the south west of Western Australia. Available information on the national extent of the nominated ecological community, its distinction from other similar ecological communities and the impact of threats and level of decline, is insufficient for an assessment to be completed at this time. Further information would be required for it to be prioritised for assessment. It will be eligible for reconsideration in 2014.
Tropical Freshwater Floodplains of Northern Australia 2013 The nominated ecological community is the freshwater and brackish water floodplain wetlands distributed across the north of Queensland, Northern Territory and Western Australia. Current information on its national extent, location within the landscape and the severity and impact of threats, is insufficient for an assessment to be completed. It will be eligible for reconsideration in 2014.
Bauxite Land System with linked Coolibah Springs on the Steve Irwin Wildlife Reserve Nature Refuge, Cape York Peninsula 2013 The nominated ecological community is the bauxite land unit and linked bauxite springs on the Steve Irwin Wildlife Reserve Nature Refuge, Cape York Peninsula. Available information on the national extent of the more broadly defined bauxite land system and on the severity and impact of threats is insufficient to enable an assessment to be completed. It will be eligible for reconsideration in 2014.