Nominations are considered by the Threatened Species Scientific Committee when it makes its recommendation to the Minister on annual priorities for the assessment of species, ecological communities and threatening processes.
Although all nominations are welcome, it may not be possible to include all nominations on the proposed priority assessment list (PPAL) in any one year.
In preparing the PPAL, the Committee adopts a strategic approach, taking into account considerations such as:
- the level of threat to the species or ecological community
- the effects of listing the species, ecological community or key threatening process, for example in terms of legislative protection and threat abatement
- the capacity to effect recovery of the species or ecological community, or to abate the key threatening process
- the degree to which the nomination considers the national extent of the species, ecological community or key threatening process
- the scope and strategic focus of the nominated key threatening process
- the species or ecological community as a component of biodiversity
- the availability and relevance of information on which an assessment can be based
- the conservation theme/s
The Committee may consider other matters when establishing the priority of nominations.
To balance its workload, nominations not included on the PPAL may be considered by the Committee for prioritisation in the subsequent round.