The criteria for declaring a species as near threatened are if:
- the population size or distribution of the wildlife is small and may become smaller; or
- the population size of the wildlife has declined, or is likely to decline, at a rate higher than the usual rate for population changes for the wildlife; or
- the survival of the wildlife in the wild is affected to an extent that the wildlife is in danger of becoming vulnerable.
Native wildlife may be prescribed as near threatened wildlife even if the wildlife is the subject of a threatening process.
The Governor in Council may classify a species as near threatened by amending the Nature Conservation (Wildlife) Regulations 2006 where the above criteria under the Nature Conservation Act 1992 (NCA) have been met.
- View recent changes to the classification of Queensland wildlife
- Make a nomination for a species to be assigned to the near threatened wildlife category
- View Attachment B of the nomination form to see the criteria considered by the Department of Environment and Heritage Protection’s Species Technical Committee when assigning a species to the near threatened wildlife category
- View a list of wildlife and their categories under the NCA for particular areas
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