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Question On Notice No. 369 asked in the Legislative Council on 9 November 2021 by Hon Dr Brad Pettitt

Question Directed to the: Minister for Mental Health representing the Minister for Environment
Minister responding: Hon A. Sanderson
Parliament: 41 Session: 1
Question

Under the Biodiversity Conservation Act 2016, the Minister may by order list specially protected species, threatened species, extinct species, threatened ecological communities and collapsed ecological communities. The last notices published in the Government Gazette for threatened flora, specially protected fauna and threatened fauna was on 11 September 2018 under the Wildlife Conservation Act 1950, as listed on the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions website. I ask the Minister to provide:
(a) the dates that the Threatened Species Scientific Committee met in 2018, 2019, 2020 and 2021;
(b) the dates that the Threatened Ecological Communities Scientific Committee met in 2018, 2019, 2020 and 2021;
(c) the dates, between 1 January 2016 to 27 October 2021, that the Threatened Species Scientific Committee provided the Minister, or the Department, with advice on the listing of:
(i) threatened species;
(ii) extinct species;
(iii) priority species; and
(iv) specially protected species; and
(d) the dates, between 1 January 2016 and 27 October 2021, that the Threatened Ecological Communities Scientific Committee provided advice to the Minister, or the Department, on listing of:
(i) threatened ecological communities; and
(ii) collapsed communities?

Answered on 9 December 2021

a) The Threatened Species Scientific Committee met on
• 10 April 2018
• 17 July 2019
• In May-June 2020 the committee meeting was by email correspondence as a face-toface
meeting could not be held at the scheduled time due to the COVID-19 pandemic
restrictions.

b) The Threatened Ecological Communities Scientific Committee met on
« 13 February 2018
» 20 November 2018
• 14 May 2019
• 3 December 2019
• 24-25 March 2020
• 25-26 June 2020
• 17 December 2020
• 10 June 2021

c) The Threatened Species Scientific Committee provided advice through the Department to
the Minister, or to the Department on the following dates.
(i) threatened species;
• 21 December 2016
• 18 December 2017
• 10 July 2018
• 16 August 2019
• 8 August 2020

(ii) extinct species;
« 18 December 2017
• 10 July 2018
• 16 August 2019
• 8 August 2020

(iii) priority species;
• 21 December 2016
• 18 December 2017

(iv) specially protected species
• 21 December 2016
• 18 December 2017
• 10 July 2018

d) The Threatened Ecological Communities Scientific Committee has not considered formal
nominations for assessment, so has not provided advice for the listing of threatened ecological
communities under the Biodiversity Conservation Act to the Minister.