Superb Parrot in the news - Conservation Status

To: Frank Antram <>
Subject: Superb Parrot in the news - Conservation Status
From: Carl Clifford <>
Date: Tue, 12 May 2009 20:20:53 +1000

The EPBC Act is a right monster, I am glad I don't have to administer it. I have just spent half an hour going through it, and having had extensive experience in a regulatory role with a numbers of NSW State Acts, I would not like to have to hand it up to a Magistrate or Judge to find their way through it.

Interestingly there no clear definitions for "critically endangered"
or "conservation dependent" apart from referring to the list in
Schedule 1 of the Endangered Species Protection Act 1992. The list in Sch 1 only gives "Endangered' and "Vulnerable" species. It is a worry that protected and vulnerable species must be included on a list and
that there is no clear definition of the species statuses as in ESP
Act, which can give a species protection until it makes it way onto a list. Inclusion onto legislative "lists" can be cumbersome and time consuming. If the ESP Act has fallen off the Legislative table, so has the species list, which would mean that no species is protected, as
there is no list extant. Are you sure that the ESP Act has been
rescinded Frank? If an Act is on AUSTLII, it usually means that it is in force, in my experience.


Carl Clifford

On 12/05/2009, at 6:05 PM,  wrote:

They must be classifications under one of the State laws, Chris?
Under the Federal EPBC Act, the categories of threatened species are:
extinct in the wild;
critically endangered;
conservation dependent.

Also, Carl Clifford mentioned the definition of vulnerable under the
Federal Endangered Species Protection Act 1992 but this legislation no longer exists - it was superseded by the EPBC Act.

Info on the status of Superb Parrot may be found here:

Frank Antram

-Original message-----
From: Chris Sanderson 
Date: Tue, 12 May 2009 16:19:39 +1000
To: Peter Shute 
Subject: Superb Parrot in the news - Conservation

Hi Peter,

The order of "seriousness" of classifications is:

No concern
Least threatened
Critcally Endangered

I believe vulnerable is something along the lines of "likely to go
without active protection of populations and habitat".  Higher
classifications are more likely to require direct intervention such as
habitat restoration or captive breeding to avoid extinction.


On Tue, May 12, 2009 at 3:51 PM, Peter Shute <>

So is "vulnerable" better or worse than "endangered"?  I was
assuming it
was better, in which case I would have said it was "facing a high
risk of
becoming endangered" rather than "extinct". Their wording makes me think Im
wrong, and that it's worse than "endangered".

Peter Shute

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To: michael norris; Birding-Aus
Subject: Re: [Birding-Aus] Superb Parrot in the news - Conservation Status

The definition of 'vulnerable' under the EPBC Act is in Sub-section 179 (5)
      A native species is eligible to be included in the vulnerable
category at a particular time if, at that time:
      (a)     it is not critically endangered or endangered; and
(b) it is facing a high risk of extinction in the wild in the
medium term future, as determined in accordance with the prescribed

The prescribed criteria are in Regulation 7.01.  Links to the Act
and the
Regulations may be found here

Frank Antram

-----Original message-----
From: "michael norris" 
Date: Tue, 12 May 2009 09:17:58 +1000
To: "Birding-Aus" 
Subject: Re: [Birding-Aus] Superb Parrot in the news - Conservation Status

What does 'Vulnerable' mean these days?

Please, someone, give us the precise definitions of the status of
threatened species in the EPBC Act or the URL for the orders which
contain the criteria.

Best wishes

Michael Norris

37° 59' S  145° 0' E

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