Comments on this assessment closed 23 February 2021. The text and documents below remain available for reference only.
Comment on listing assessment
Invitation to comment
You are invited to provide your views and supporting reasons in relation to the eligibility of the Golden Sun Moth for inclusion on the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (EPBC Act) threatened species list and necessary conservation actions for the species. In order for the EPBC Act list of threatened species to be seen as the authoritative list for the country, it is important that it reflect the true state of the Australian biota.
The views of experts, stakeholders and the general public are welcome. Responses can be provided by any interested person.
Anyone may nominate a native species, ecological community or threatening process for listing under the EPBC Act or for a transfer of an item already on the list to a new listing category. The Threatened Species Scientific Committee (the Committee) undertakes the assessment of species to determine eligibility for inclusion in the list of threatened species and provides its recommendation to the Australian Government Minister for the Environment.
How can I get involved?
Read the consultation documents
Consultation Document on Listing Eligibility and Conservation Actions for Synemon plana (Golden Sun Moth) (PDF - 1.29 MB)
Consultation Document on Listing Eligibility and Conservation Actions for Synemon plana (Golden Sun Moth) (DOCX - 1.1 MB)
Send your comments
Responses are to be provided in writing either by email to: firstname.lastname@example.org
or by mail to:
Bushfire Affected Species Assessments Section
Biodiversity Conservation Division
Australian Government Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment
PO Box 858
Canberra ACT 2601
Responses are required to be submitted by Tuesday 23 February 2021.
Any personal information that you provide within, or in addition to, your comments in the threatened species assessment process may be used by the Department for the purposes of its functions relating to threatened species assessments, including contacting you if we have any questions about your comments in the future.
Further, the Commonwealth, State and Territory governments have agreed to share threatened species assessment documentation (including comments) to ensure that all States and Territories have access to the same documentation when making a decision on the status of a potentially threatened species. This is also known as the ‘common assessment method’. As a result, any personal information that you have provided in connection with your comments may be shared between Commonwealth, State or Territory government entities to assist with their assessment processes.
Information about this consultation process
Responses to this consultation can be provided electronically or in hard copy to the contact addresses provided above. All responses received will be provided in full to the Committee and then to the Australian Government Minister for the Environment.
In providing comments, please provide references to published data where possible. Should the Committee use the information you provide in formulating its advice, the information will be attributed to you and referenced as a ‘personal communication’ unless you provide references or otherwise attribute this information (please specify if your organisation requires that this information is attributed to your organisation instead of yourself). The final advice by the Committee will be published on the department’s website following the listing decision by the Minister.
Information provided through consultation may be subject to freedom of information legislation and court processes. It is also important to note that under the EPBC Act, the deliberations and recommendations of the Committee are confidential until the Minister has made a final decision on the nomination, unless otherwise determined by the Minister.
General background information about listing threatened species
The Australian Government helps protect species at risk of extinction by listing them as threatened under Part 13 of the EPBC Act. Once listed under the EPBC Act, the species becomes a Matter of National Environmental Significance (MNES) and must be protected from significant impacts through the assessment and approval provisions of the EPBC Act. More information about threatened species is available on the department’s website at: Threatened species & ecological communities.
Public nominations to list threatened species under the EPBC Act are received annually by the department. In order to determine if a species is eligible for listing as threatened under the EPBC Act, the Threatened Species Scientific Committee (the Committee) undertakes a rigorous scientific assessment of its status to determine if the species is eligible for listing against a set of criteria. These criteria are available on the Department’s website at: Nominating a species, ecological community or key threatening process under the EPBC Act.
As part of the assessment process, the Committee consults with the public and stakeholders to obtain specific details about the species, as well as advice on what conservation actions might be appropriate. Information provided through the consultation process is considered by the Committee in its assessment. The Committee provides its advice on the assessment (together with comments received) to the Minister regarding the eligibility of the species for listing under a particular category and what conservation actions might be appropriate. The Minister decides to add, or not to add, the species to the list of threatened species under the EPBC Act. More detailed information about the listing process is at: Threatened species, ecological communities and key threatening processes nomination forms and guidelines.
To promote the recovery of listed threatened species and ecological communities, conservation advices and where required, recovery plans are made or adopted in accordance with Part 13 of the EPBC Act. Conservation advices provide guidance at the time of listing on known threats and priority recovery actions that can be undertaken at a local and regional level. Recovery plans describe key threats and identify specific recovery actions that can be undertaken to enable recovery activities to occur within a planned and logical national framework. Information about recovery plans is available on the department’s website at: Recovery plans.