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Interest
Threatened Ecological Communities
Responsible agency
Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions
Summary

An ecological community is a naturally occurring biological assemblage that occurs in a particular type of habitat. A Threatened Ecological Community (TEC) is subject to processes that threaten to destroy or significantly modify it across much of its range. A Priority Ecological Community is being assessed as a TEC. 

Description

An ecological community is a group of plants and/or animals (or other living things such as microbes) that occurs in a particular type of habitat.  Together with their habitat, ecological communities form ecosystems.  A Threatened Ecological Community (TEC) is one that has been endorsed by Western Australia's Environment Minister as being subject to processes that threaten to destroy or significantly modify it across much of its range and is in one of the categories 'presumed totally destroyed', 'critically endangered', 'endangered', or 'vulnerable'.

The Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions (DBCA) has the lead responsibility for protecting and conserving the State’s biological diversity.  This responsibility includes identifying elements of biodiversity that are under threat of extinction and seeking to ensure that they do not become extinct, this includes identifying and conserving threatened ecological communities.    DBCA maintains a list of threatened and priority ecological communities and where they occur. For further information on TEC data see www.dpaw.wa.gov.au/plants-and-animals/threatened-species-and-communities.

Information from DBCA databases will show if any TECs occur or are likely to occur within an area. This information is particularly useful for planning developments or other activities in areas that may otherwise impinge on TECs.

Please note that data held on TECs may be sensitive, and are only provided for legitimate reasons. The data does not necessarily represent a comprehensive listing of the TECs within an area.  Comprehensiveness is dependent on the amount of survey carried out within the specified area. To be certain of the TECs within an area, on ground surveys should be undertaken. 

For more information contact our office on (08) 9334 0455 or email communities.data@dpaw.wa.gov.au, or see DPaW website www.dpaw.wa.gov.au.

Date updated
21/11/2019 10:35:13