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BioCondition Benchmarks

Benchmarks have been developed to be used with the BioCondition vegetation condition assessment framework.

Benchmarks are quantitative values derived from data collected from field-based reference sites for each site condition attribute assessed in BioCondition. Benchmarks are subject to review based on additional field data and expert opinion.

Benchmarks are specific to each regional ecosystem vegetation community, and account for the natural variability in structure and floristic composition under a range of natural disturbance regimes throughout the geographic extent of the regional ecosystem. It is recommended to assess local reference sites during BioCondition assessment, particularly if sampling occurs during non-optimal conditions, such as in drought, to account for spatial and temporal (seasonal and annual) variability.

The development of BioCondition benchmarks is an ongoing program conducted by the Queensland Herbarium. Please contact the Queensland Herbarium for advice on the development of currently unavailable benchmarks and/or the selection of reference sites.

Phone: (07) 3199 7695

Email: queensland.herbarium@des.qld.gov.au with the subject heading: Benchmark Enquiries

Benchmark glossary

A Glossary for BioCondition benchmarks is available and describes terms used in the benchmark documents.

Map showing bioregions of Queensland

Bioregions of Queensland

Benchmarks

Benchmarks for the regional ecosystems listed below are available for download.

Northwest Highlands (NWH) 1.3.5, 1.3.6, 1.3.6x1, 1.3.7a, 1.3.7b, 1.3.8, 1.5.2, 1.5.3, 1.5.4, 1.5.6, 1.5.6b, 1.5.6x2, 1.5.7a, 1.7.1, 1.7.1x1, 1.7.1x3, 1.7.1x4, 1.9.1, 1.9.1x1, 1.9.1x2, 1.9.2, 1.9.4, 1.9.5, 1.9.5b, 1.9.7, 1.10.2, 1.10.3, 1.10.6, 1.11.2, 1.11.2x1, 1.11.2x2, 1.11.2x3, 1.11.2x4, 1.11.3, 1.11.3x1, 1.11.4, 1.12.1, 1.12.1x1
Gulf Plains (GUP) 2.3.3, 2.4.2a, 2.4.2b
Mitchell Grass Downs (MGD) 4.3.1, 4.3.2, 4.3.3, 4.3.4, 4.3.8, 4.3.10, 4.3.12, 4.3.14, 4.3.15, 4.3.16, 4.3.17, 4.3.18, 4.3.19, 4.3.20, 4.4.1, 4.5.1, 4.5.2, 4.5.3, 4.5.4, 4.5.5, 4.5.6, 4.5.8, 4.5.9, 4.7.1, 4.7.2, 4.7.4, 4.9.1, 4.9.1a, 4.9.2, 4.9.4, 4.9.5, 4.9.7, 4.9.7a, 4.9.8, 4.9.10, 4.9.11, 4.9.12, 4.9.13, 4.9.14, 4.9.15, 4.9.16, 4.9.17
Channel Country (CHC) 5.3.2, 5.3.4, 5.3.5, 5.3.6, 5.3.7, 5.3.8, 5.3.8a, 5.3.9, 5.3.10, 5.3.11, 5.3.12, 5.3.12a, 5.3.12b, 5.3.13, 5.3.13a, 5.3.14, 5.3.15, 5.3.16, 5.3.16a, 5.3.16b, 5.3.17, 5.3.18, 5.3.18a, 5.3.18b, 5.3.19, 5.3.20, 5.3.21, 5.3.22, 5.3.22a, 5.3.22b, 5.5.1, 5.5.2, 5.5.3, 5.5.4, 5.5.5, 5.5.6, 5.5.6a, 5.6.1, 5.6.2, 5.6.3, 5.6.4, 5.6.5, 5.6.6, 5.6.7, 5.6.8, 5.7.1, 5.7.2, 5.7.3, 5.7.4, 5.7.5, 5.7.6, 5.7.7, 5.7.8, 5.7.9, 5.7.10, 5.7.11, 5.7.12, 5.7.13, 5.7.14, 5.9.1, 5.9.1x1, 5.9.2, 5.9.3, 5.9.3a, 5.9.3x1, 5.9.4, 5.9.5
Mulga Lands (MUL) 6.3.1, 6.3.2, 6.3.2a, 6.3.3, 6.3.4, 6.3.5, 6.3.6, 6.3.7, 6.3.8, 6.3.9, 6.3.10, 6.3.11, 6.3.11b, 6.3.12, 6.3.13, 6.3.14, 6.3.15, 6.3.16, 6.3.17, 6.3.18, 6.3.21, 6.3.22, 6.3.24, 6.3.25, 6.4.1, 6.4.3, 6.4.4, 6.5.1, 6.5.2, 6.5.3, 6.5.6, 6.5.7, 6.5.8, 6.5.9, 6.5.10, 6.5.11, 6.5.13, 6.5.14, 6.5.15, 6.5.15a, 6.5.16, 6.5.17, 6.5.18, 6.6.1, 6.6.1b, 6.6.2, 6.7.1, 6.7.2, 6.7.5, 6.7.6, 6.7.7, 6.7.9, 6.7.10, 6.7.11, 6.7.12, 6.7.13, 6.7.14, 6.7.15, 6.7.16, 6.7.17, 6.9.2, 6.9.3, 6.9.4
Central Queensland Coast (CQC) 8.2.2, 8.2.8a, 8.2.13b, 8.3.2, 8.3.5, 8.3.6c, 8.5.7, 8.11.3b, 8.11.3c, 8.12.5b
Einasleigh Uplands (EIU) 9.11.3a, 9.11.13, 9.11.25
Brigalow Belt (BRB) 11.1.2 , 11.2.3, 11.3.1, 11.3.2, 11.3.3, 11.3.4, 11.3.6, 11.3.9, 11.3.7, 11.3.10, 11.3.11, 11.3.17, 11.3.21, 11.3.23, 11.3.25, 11.3.25b, 11.3.26, 11.3.27f (wooded/unwooded), 11.3.27i, 11.3.29a, 11.3.30, 11.3.30a, 11.3.32, 11.3.33, 11.3.35, 11.3.35a, 11.3.36, 11.3.37, 11.4.2, 11.4.3, 11.4.3a, 11.4.3b, 11.4.4, 11.4.5, 11.4.6, 11.4.8, 11.4.9, 11.4.10, 11.4.12, 11.5.1, 11.5.3, 11.5.4, 11.5.8, 11.5.8c, 11.5.9, 11.5.9a, 11.5.10, 11.5.12, 11.5.12a , 11.5.15, 11.5.17, 11.5.20, 11.7.1, 11.7.2, 11.7.3, 11.7.4, 11.7.6, 11.7.7, 11.8.2a, 11.8.3, 11.8.4, 11.8.5, 11.8.8, 11.8.11, 11.8.15, 11.9.1,11.9.4a, 11.9.4c, 11.9.5, 11.9.5a 11.9.6, 11.9.7, 11.9.9, 11.9.9a, 11.9.10, 11.10.1, 11.10.3, 11.10.4,11.10.11, 11.10.13, 11.11.1, 11.11.4, 11.11.6, 11.11.8, 11.11.9, 11.11.13, 11.11.15, 11.11.15a, 11.11.16, 11.11.18, 11.11.19, 11.12.1, 11.12.2, 11.12.2a, 11.12.4, 11.12.7, 11.12.9, 11.12.9a, 11.12.10, 11.12.14, 11.12.15, 11.12.16, 11.12.16a , 11.12.21, 11.12.18
Southeast Queensland (SEQ) 12.1.1, 12.1.2, 12.2.1, 12.2.2, 12.2.5, 12.2.6, 12.2.7, 12.2.8, 12.2.9, 12.2.14, 12.3.2, 12.3.3, 12.3.3a, 12.3.3d, 12.3.5, 12.3.6, 12.3.7, 12.3.7c, 12.3.8, 12.3.11, 12.3.11a, 12.3.11b, 12.3.12, 12.3.16, 12.3.18, 12.3.19, 12.3.20, 12.5.1, 12.5.1g, 12.5.2a, 12.5.2b, 12.5.2x1, 12.5.3, 12.5.3a, 12.5.4, 12.5.4a, 12.5.6, 12.5.6a, 12.5.6b, 12.5.7, 12.5.7b, 12.5.7c, 12.5.9a, 12.5.13a, 12.8.3, 12.8.13, 12.8.16, 12.8.17, 12.8.20, 12.8.21, 12.8.24, 12.8.25, 12.9-10.2, 12.9-10.3, 12.9-10.4a, 12.9-10.6 , 12.9-10.7, 12.9-10.7a, 12.9-10.12, 12.9-10.15, 12.9-10.16, 12.9-10.17a, 12.9-10.17b, 12.9-10.17c, 12.9-10.17d , 12.9-10.19, 12.9-10.19a , 12.9-10.22, 12.9-10.26, 12.9-10.27, 12.11.2, 12.11.3,12.11.3a, 12.11.5, 12.11.5m, 12.11.6, 12.11.7, 12.11.8, 12.11.9, 12.11.10, 12.11.11, 12.11.14, 12.11.18, 12.11.23, 12.11.24, 12.11.25, 12.11.26, 12.11.27, 12.11.28, 12.12.3, 12.12.5, 12.12.7, 12.12.12, 12.12.13, 12.12.14, 12.12.15 12.12.15b,, 12.12.23, 12.12.28
New England Tablelands (NET) 13.3.3, 13.3.4, 13.9.2, 13.12.8, 13.12.9, 13.12.10

Ecological Condition Profiles

Ecological condition profiles (PDF, 19MB) for Queensland’s regional ecosystems have been developed by the Queensland Herbarium to provide a visual guide for the rapid appraisal of broad ecological condition states typical or expected of the regional ecosystem. The condition states described in the profiles are based on site-level attributes of the BioCondition vegetation condition assessment framework. Condition states can be adjusted to include landscape-level attributes (patch size, connectivity and context) if required by the user. Values for most attributes are relevant for a 50 x 20 m plot except for native shrub, grass and forb and other species richness, which are based on a 50 x 10 m plot size.

The Ecological Condition Profiles may be useful as a rapid evaluation or validation of the condition state of vegetation. They are based on BioCondition benchmarks, where Condition State 1 represents the reference state from which benchmark values are derived. Information provided for Condition States 2 to 4 are relative to the reference state, but it should be noted that values of some attributes may vary between states. To obtain a quantitative and comparable condition metric of a regional ecosystem for validation, then the most appropriate approach is to use the field site-based and landscape-level assessment methods outlined in the BioCondition framework.

The development of Ecological Condition Profiles is an ongoing program conducted by the Queensland Herbarium. Please contact the Queensland Herbarium for advice on the development of currently unavailable profiles.

Phone: (07) 3199 7695

Email: queensland.herbarium@des.qld.gov.au with the subject heading: Ecological Condition Profile Enquiries

Ecological Condition Profiles are currently available for regional ecosystems within the Brisbane City Council Management Area of the South-east Queensland Bioregion only.

Southeast Queensland (SEQ) 12.1.1, 12.1.2, 12.2.5, 12.2.14, 12.3.3, 12.3.3a, 12.3.3d, 12.3.5, 12.3.6, 12.3.7, 12.3.7c, 12.3.8, 12.3.11, 12.3.11a, 12.3.11b, 12.3.16, 12.3.20, 12.5.1g, 12.5.2a, 12.5.2b, 12.5.3, 12.5.3a, 12.5.4a, 12.5.6b, 12.5.7, 12.5.7b, 12.5.7c, 12.5.9a, 12.5.13a, 12.8.3, 12.8.17, 12.8.20, 12.9-10.2, 12.9-10.3, 12.9-10.4, 12.9-10.4a, 12.9-10.7, 12.9-10.7a, 12.9-10.12, 12.9-10.16, 12.9-10.17a, 12.0-10.17b, 12.9-10.17c, 12.9-10.17d, 12.9-10.19, 12.9-10.19a, 12.9-10.22, 12.9-10.26, 12.11.2, 12.11.3, 12.11.3a, 12.11.5, 12.11.5m, 12.11.6, 12.11.7, 12.11.8, 12.11.9, 12.11.10, 12.11.11, 12.11.14, 12.11.18, 12.11.24, 12.11.25, 12.11.26, 12.11.27, 12.11.28, 12.12.3, 12.12.5, 12.12.7, 12.12.12, 12.12.13, 12.12.14, 12.12.15, 12.12.15b, 12.12.23, 12.12.28.