This strategy has been superseded by The Threatened Species Action Plan 2022-2032
About the 2015 Strategy
The Australian Government's first Threatened Species Strategy was launched in 2015. It outlined a bold action-based approach dedicated to preventing the extinction and recovering our nation's threatened plants and animals.
The 2015 Strategy proved a successful model, valued for bringing a national focus to threatened species management, tackling the impact of feral cats, raising awareness, supporting collaborative partnerships and coordinated action across the country to protect threatened species.
It highlighted how an approach that combines science, action and partnership can help to achieve the long-term goal of reversing species declines and supporting species recovery.
The 2015 Action Plan identified hard and measurable targets to focus threatened species recovery efforts to 2020.
The plan identified four key action areas and targets to measure success:
- Tackling feral cats
- Safe havens for species most at risk
- Improving habitat
- Emergency intervention to avert extinctions
Targets to measure success were:
- Tackling feral cats and their impacts by 2020
- 20 threatened mammals improving by 2020
- 20 threatened birds improving by 2020
- Protecting Australia’s plants by 2020
- Improving recovery guidance by 2020 - Recovery teams
The Threatened Species Commissioner prepared reports on progress against the targets every year over the life of the 2015 Strategy. These annual reports helped us to learn and respond to actions that worked and identify where we needed to amplify efforts. They also informed development of the new Strategy.
For more on annual progress reports:
- Threatened Species Strategy 2015-2020: Year Five Report
- Threatened Species Strategy 2015-2020: Year Four Report
- Report to Office of the Threatened Species Commissioner: 3-year review of progress on priority bird and mammal species
- Threatened Species Strategy 2015-2020: Year Three Report
- Threatened Species Strategy 2015-2020: Year Two Report
- Threatened Species Strategy 2015-2020: Year One Report
Threatened Species Strategy Investment and Projects
The Threatened Species Strategy sets priorities to guide investment and focus effort across the country to protect threatened species.
A broad range of Australian Government programs are supporting projects that benefit threatened species and ecological communities.
For more on investments and projects: