Priorities Action Statement

The department's Priorities Action Statement (PAS) is a statutory, non-regulatory document addressing each threatened species, population, ecological community and key threatening process (KTP) listed on the schedules of the Fisheries Management Act 1994. The PAS provides an agreed list of strategies and actions that will assist to down-grade or de-list species, populations and ecological communities from the threatened species schedules of the Fisheries Management Act 1994 , as well as actions that will assist to abate or eliminate the impacts of KTPs.

The PAS:

  • Sets out the strategies and actions for promoting the recovery of each threatened species, population and ecological community to a position of viability in nature and for managing each key threatening process;
  • Establishes priorities for implementation of recovery and threat abatement strategies;
  • Establishes performance indicators to facilitate reporting on achievements in implementing recovery and threat abatement strategies and their effectiveness.
  • Contains a status report (Primefact) for each species, population, ecological community and KTP under the Fisheries Management Act 1994 . Primefacts are available from the relevant species webpage at What is Currently Listed
  • Sets out a timetable for recovery and threat abatement planning and achievement.

The PAS facilitates cooperative management by providing a readily accessible source of information and inventory of strategies and actions that may be used by anyone with an interest in, or responsibility for, the protection and enhancement of aquatic biodiversity in NSW. The PAS may be used by individuals, groups, public authorities and organisations to inform management decisions, determine investment priorities, or for consideration when exercising consent or determining functions.

The department has a responsibility to lead the implementation of the PAS. However, successful recovery and threat abatement is contingent on the efforts of many stakeholders and the broader community. The implementation of many recovery strategies and actions will rely on obtaining grant funds or sourcing other forms of investment.