Comments on this recovery plan closed 21 April 2023. The documents below remain available for reference only.
You are invited to comment on this draft national recovery plan in accordance with the provisions of the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (EPBC Act).
The draft National Recovery Plan for the Southern Right Whale (Eubalaena australis) was prepared by the Australian Government Department of Climate Change, Energy, the Environment and Water, in consultation with Commonwealth and state government agencies, industry and species experts. The draft recovery plan is proposed to be made under the EPBC Act.
The Southern Right Whale is listed as Endangered and Migratory under the EPBC Act. The species’ distribution extends along the southern coast of Australia to the northern areas of Hervey Bay in Queensland and Exmouth/Ningaloo Reef in Western Australia.
The draft National Recovery Plan for the Southern Right Whale provides information on the species’ distribution, biology, habitat, threatening processes, and presents the objectives and actions considered necessary to support recovery of the species. The long-term vision of the draft recovery plan is to increase the population size to the extent that the species no longer qualifies for listing as threatened under the EPBC Act.
How can I get involved?
Read the draft recovery plan
Send your comments
The public comment period closes COB Friday 21 April 2023.
If you wish to comment on this draft plan, please send your comments, quoting the title of the plan, to:
Protected Species and Communities Branch
Biodiversity Conservation Division
Department of Climate Change, Energy, the Environment and Water
GPO Box 3090
Canberra ACT 2601
Your views are being sought by the Australian Government Department of Climate Change, Energy, the Environment and Water for the purpose of informing the Minister for the Environment on the Draft National Recovery Plan for the Southern Right Whale (Eubalaena australis).
Personal information that you provide will only be used for this purpose. Personal information may be disclosed to employees of Australian Government agencies, the Threatened Species Scientific Committee, the Minister, state and territory agencies and persons (including contractors) assisting the Minister for the purpose outlined above. Contents of your submission may be included in subsequent publications of recovery plans.