Dataset: Australia - Species of National Environmental Significance Database



This dataset and its metadata statement were supplied to the Bioregional Assessment Programme by a third party and is presented here as originally supplied.

The Database of Species of National Environmental Significance stores maps and point distribution information about Species of National Environmental Significance as listed in the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation (EPBC) Act 1999, and, also weeds and feral species. Species covered include:

Threatened and migratory species data is available in a generalised gridded form for public download as the Species of National Environmental Significance Map Summary Version.

Dataset History

The Spatial information is stored in a geographic information system and links to the Taxon and Species Profile tables through the taxon identifier.

Source data were provided from a range of government, industry and non-government organisations.

Testing is carried out using expert opinion, and/or through reference to published information.

The lineage of each species map is detailed in the stored item.

The map summary version consists of polygons of threatened or migratory species extracted from the database using a python script, gridded to 0.1 degree and converted to asc format. The gridded data is then placed in a map template and saved as a png format map with the extraction date and taxon id indicated. A summary table in csv format is appended as each identifier is extracted.

Source data acknowledgements:

Department of Environment and Heritage Protection, Queensland

Department of Environment and Primary Industries, Victoria

Department of Environment, Water and Natural Resources, South Australia

Department of Land Resource Management, Northern Territory

Department of Parks and Wildlife, Western Australia

Department of Primary Industries, Parks, Water and Environment, Tasmania

Office of Environment and Heritage, New South Wales

The Environment and Sustainable Development Directorate, Australian Capital Territory

Australian Museum

Museum Victoria

Queensland Museum

South Australian Museum

Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery

Western Australian Museum

Online Zoological Collections of Australian Museums

Australian National Herbarium, Atherton and Canberra

National Herbarium of NSW

Northern Territory Herbarium

Queensland Herbarium

Royal Botanic Gardens and National Herbarium of Victoria

State Herbarium of South Australia

Tasmanian Herbarium

Western Australian Herbarium

Australian Bird and Bat Banding Scheme

Australian National Wildlife Collection

Birdlife Australia

Ocean Biogeographic Information System

Australian Government, Department of Defence

Forestry Corporation of NSW

University of New England

Geoscience Australia


Other groups and individuals

 Data quality report - Absolute external positional accuracy: 

The maps represent best available information and comprise a range of scales and reliability. Map summary species distributions have been generalised to 0.1° (~10km) grid cells.

 Data quality report - Attribute accuracy: 

Tests are undertaken to ensure that there are no errors for the following attributes:

Generalised presence categories in the map summary version are one of:

2- Species or species habitat is likely to occur within area

1- Species or species habitat may occur within area

Where additional areas have been added to a distribution through the use of an automated modelling tool at a higher level of presence than existing mapped areas, they have been altered to the existing minimum values

 Data quality report - Conceptual consistency: 

Scripts ensure that each map has consistent fields, and standard codes are used throughout.

 Data quality report - Completeness: 

The database is being updated as the lists of species on schedules of the EPBC Act are amended, and new information on distribution becomes available. Updates are undertaken when new data becomes available and resources permit.

Based on sensitive species policies, the maps of these species are withheld from the map summary version : Wollemi Pine Wollemia nobilis (NSW); Spotted Handfish Brachionichthys hirsutus (Tas); Ziebell's Handfish, Waterfall Bay Handfish Brachiopsilus ziebelli (Tas); Red Handfish Thymichthys politus (Tas); Swan Galaxias Galaxias fontanus (Tas); Kings Lomatia Lomatia tasmanica (Tas). The distributions of migratory species such as shore birds may not reflect the total distribution within Australia but only show breeding sites, sites of significance or known locations.

For more information on individual species distributions, please contact the relevant state agency.

Dataset Citation

Department of the Environment (1998) Australia - Species of National Environmental Significance Database. Bioregional Assessment Source Dataset. Viewed 13 March 2019,

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