Migratory species in Australia

Many animals migrate to Australia and its external territories, or pass though or over Australian waters during their annual migrations.

Protection of migratory species

Many migratory species listed under the international conventions and agreements Australia is party to are protected under the Australian Government's central piece of environmental legislation, the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (EPBC Act).

Sharks

Birds

Mammals

Reptiles

Bird and bat banding

The Australian Government under the auspices of the Australian Bird and Bat Banding Scheme (ABBBS) manages the collation of information on threatened and migratory bird and bat species.

International conventions and agreements

Australia is party to international conventions and agreements to protect many migratory species.

Memorandum of Understanding