Threatened Species Conservation

NSW Threatened Species Management

The key legislation that identifies and protects threatened species populations and ecological communities in NSW is the Biodiversity Conservation Act 2016 and its regulations.

The new legislation began on 25 August 2017 and replaces the Threatened Species Conservation Act 1995. The Department of Primary Industries has responsibility for legislation that protects threatened fish and marine vegetation. 

Environmental Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act

The Environmental Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (the EPBC Act) is the Australian Government's central piece of environmental legislation. It provides a legal framework to protect and manage nationally and internationally important flora, fauna, ecological communities and heritage places - defined in the Act as matters of national environmental significance.

The EPBC Act focuses Australian Government interests on the protection of matters of national environmental significance, with the states and territories having responsibility for matters of state and local significance.

For more information on the EPBC Act, go to the EPBC website.